Inspan to Instantaneous
(In*span") v. t. & i. [D. inspannen.] To yoke or harness, as oxen to a vehicle. [South Africa]
(In*spect") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Inspected; p. pr. & vb. n. Inspecting.] [L. inspectus, p. p. of
inspicere to inspect; pref. in- in + specere to look at, to view: cf. F. inspecter, fr. L. inspectare, freq. fr.
inspicere. See Spy.]
1. To look upon; to view closely and critically, esp. in order to ascertain quality or condition, to detect
errors, etc., to examine; to scrutinize; to investigate; as, to inspect conduct.
2. To view and examine officially, as troops, arms, goods offered, work done for the public, etc.; to oversee; to
superintend. Sir W. Temple.
(In*spect"), n. [L. inspectus. See Inspect, v. t.] Inspection. [Obs.] Thomson.
(In*spec"tion) n. [L. inspectio: cf. F. inspection.]
1. The act or process of inspecting or looking at carefully; a strict or prying examination; close or careful
scrutiny; investigation. Spenser.
With narrow search, and with inspection deep,Milton.
Considered every creature.
2. The act of overseeing; official examination or superintendence.
Trial by inspection (O. Eng. Law), a mode of trial in which the case was settled by the individual
observation and decision of the judge upon the testimony of his own senses, without the intervention
of a jury. Abbott.
(In*spect"ive) a. [L. inspectivus.] Engaged in inspection; inspecting; involving inspection.
Inspector general (Mil.), a staff officer of an army, whose duties are those of inspection, and embrace
everything relative to organization, recruiting, discharge, administration, accountability for money and
property, instruction, police, and discipline.
(In*spect"or) n. [L.: cf. F. inspecteur.] One who inspects, views, or oversees; one to whom
the supervision of any work is committed; one who makes an official view or examination, as a military or
civil officer; a superintendent; a supervisor; an overseer.
(In*spect"or*ate) n. Inspectorship. [R.]
(In`spec*to"ri*al) a. Of or pertaining to an inspector or to inspection. [R.]
1. The office of an inspector.
2. The district embraced by an inspector's jurisdiction.
(In*spect"ress), n. A female inspector.
(In*sperse") v. t. [L. inspersus, p. p. of inspergere to sprinkle upon; pref. in- in, on + spargere
to sprinkle.] To sprinkle; to scatter. [Obs.] Bailey.
(In*sper"sion) n. [L. inspersio.] The act of sprinkling. [Obs.] Chapman.
(||In*spex"i*mus) n. [L., we have inspected.] The first word of ancient charters in England,
confirming a grant made by a former king; hence, a royal grant.