Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To yoke to a vehicle; make ready by yoking up: as, to inspan the oxen or the wagon. See outspan.
- To yoke oxen to a cart, especially in preparation for a journey: as, they inspanned and started.
- v. To yoke oxen.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. South Africa To yoke or harness, as oxen to a vehicle.
- v. attach a yoke or harness to
- in + span (Wiktionary)
“Then orders were given to "inspan" all our carts and other conveyances as the commandos would all have to retire.”
“Once they were at close quarters, there wasn't a hope, and by the look of it, through that hell of smoke and gunfire and fleeing men, with Kaffirs rushing past, and the gunners and wagon-men frantically trying to inspan and flee, the surviving remnants of the 24th weren't going to hold that huge press of Zulus more than a matter of minutes.”
“He would have to wait at Rustchuk to get his return cargo, and could easily inspan a fresh engineer.”
“But, the idea of identifying former leaders on the continent to inspan into our programme of renewal and development, should be given support.”
“Dit is een van die sterkpunte van die AHI dat dit hierdie vaardighede en middele inspan in die opbou van 'n nuwe demokratiese Suid-Afrika.”
“I did not hesitate a moment, in fact no wink of sleep had I that night, but lay tossing and turning, longing for daylight to come that I might inspan and commence my long trek.”
“With drag ropes it was moved down the hill for some distance, and then an attempt was made to inspan the oxen.”
“A few hundred yards away stood the cart of our clergyman, who was frantically trying to unharness his mules and inspan horses in their place.”
“When one troop has been attacked, all the other elephants frequenting the district are aware of the fact within two or three days, when they all forsake it, and migrate to distant parts, leaving the hunter no alternative but to inspan his wagons, and remove to fresh ground.”
“Grass Kop, however, to see a Boer laager with a dozen wagons, guns and ambulances inspan at almost the last moment and slip off under the very noses of our Cavalry who were drawn up in force under a long ridge, doing nothing for an hour at least.”
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