Definition of inspan in English:


Pronunciation /inˈspan/ /ɪnˈspæn/

transitive verbinspans, inspanning, inspanned

[with object]South African
  • Yoke (draft animals, typically oxen) in a team to a vehicle.

    ‘Duma inspanned sixteen of his best cattle’
    • ‘The waentjies had functioning disselbooms, jukke and skeie complete with carefully cut riempies spantoue for inspanning the oxen.’


Early 19th century from Dutch inspannen ‘to stretch’, from in- ‘in’ + spannen ‘to span’.