Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To unyoke or unhitch (oxen from a wagon); unharness or unsaddle (a horse or horses).
- To detach oxen from a wagon; hence, to encamp.
- n. The act of unyoking or unharnessing oxen or horses.
- n. The time and place of the outspan; hence, an encampment; a camp.
- To stretch beyond the span or reach of.
- To spread out or extend, as an arch.
- n. The entire span or stretch, especially the span of an arch.
- v. South Africa To release oxen from harness.
- n. South Africa The place where one outspans.
- n. An area on a farm kept available for travellers to rest and refresh their animals
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. S. Africa To unyoke or disengage, as oxen from a wagon; to unharness (a horse).
- n. The act of outspanning.
- n. South African, South African, South African A place where outspanning is done An encampment.
- v. remove the yoke or harness from
- out + span. Compare Afrikaans uitspan. (Wiktionary)
“At our outspan at noon yesterday he came to me and offered me my liberty if I would help him.”
“From an early start the following morning they put another twenty miles behind them before outspan that night and twenty more the next day.”
“This is my outspan place, the Boer explained to him.”
“Since they had left Pretoria the small voices of the jackals had yapped discreetly around each outspan, they were so much a part of the African night that they went unnoticed, but now suddenly there was a difference.”
“Sean left MbeJane to outspan the wagons on the open square in front of the church and he went to search for a doctor.”
“At 9.30 that morning the column moved on again, reached outspan at twenty miles by 1.35 in the afternoon, rested for an hour and a half and pushed on again till a quarter before midnight, when it rode into Wilhelmsfeste.”
“The trek was done at a fierce pace till midnight, when an outspan was ordered; the party slept for four hours, and made Otjimbingwe just as the dawn of the 1st of May was breaking.”
“Visit Hugo's; dinner Van As; outspan (rest); cigar grand.”
“I at once went back and informed De Wet, who ordered the column to halt and outspan.”
“There was nothing for it but to outspan and carry the heavy loads up the steep bank.”
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