v. /owt'span"/; n. /owt"span'/, v., outspanned, outspanning, n. South African Eng.
1. to unyoke or unhitch, as oxen from a wagon.
2. to remove the yoke, harness, etc., from animals.
3. the act or a place of outspanning.
[1815-25; trans of Afrik uitspan; see OUT-, SPAN2]

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