from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A rope used to hobble an animal, as a sheep.
- transitive v. To hobble with a spancel.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a rope or fetter used to hobble a horse or other animal
- v. to hobble with a spancel
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A rope used for tying or hobbling the legs of a horse or cow.
- transitive v. To tie or hobble with a spancel.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A fastening for the hind legs of a horse or cow, or for the legs on one side, to prevent the animal from kicking or straying; especially, a rope for fettering a cow's hind legs while she is milked; a tether.
- To fasten the legs of with a spancel, as those of a cow or horse to prevent the animal from kicking.
Dutch spansel, from spannen, to bind, harness; see span2.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)