What does suspension mean?

Definitions for suspension
səˈspɛn ʃənsus·pen·sion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. suspensionnoun

    a mixture in which fine particles are suspended in a fluid where they are supported by buoyancy

  2. pause, intermission, break, interruption, suspensionnoun

    a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something

  3. abeyance, suspensionnoun

    temporary cessation or suspension

  4. suspension, respite, reprieve, hiatus, abatementnoun

    an interruption in the intensity or amount of something

  5. suspension, suspension systemnoun

    a mechanical system of springs or shock absorbers connecting the wheels and axles to the chassis of a wheeled vehicle

  6. suspension, dangling, hangingnoun

    the act of suspending something (hanging it from above so it moves freely)

    "there was a small ceremony for the hanging of the portrait"

  7. suspension, temporary removalnoun

    a temporary debarment (from a privilege or position etc)


  1. suspensionnoun

    The act of suspending, or the state of being suspended.

  2. suspensionnoun

    A temporary or conditional delay, interruption or discontinuation.

  3. suspensionnoun

    The state of a solid or substance produced when its particles are mixed with, but not dissolved in, a fluid, and are capable of separation by straining.

  4. suspensionnoun

    The act of keeping a person who is listening in doubt and expectation of what is to follow.

  5. suspensionnoun

    The system of springs and shock absorbers connected to the wheels in an automobile or car, which allow the vehicle to move smoothly with reduced shock to its occupants.

  6. suspensionnoun

    A stay or postponement of the execution of a sentence, usually by letters of suspension granted on application to the lord ordinary.

  7. suspensionnoun

    The act of or discord produced by prolonging one or more tones of a chord into the chord which follows, thus producing a momentary discord, suspending the concord which the ear expects.

  8. suspensionnoun

    A topological space derived from another by taking the product of the original space with an interval and collapsing each end of the product to a point.

  9. suspensionnoun

    A function derived, in a standard way, from another, such that the instant function's domain and codomain are suspensions of the original function's.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Suspensionnoun

    Etymology: suspension, Fr. from suspend

    Had we had time to pray,
    With thousand vows and tears we should have sought,
    That sad decree’s suspension to have wrought. Edmund Waller.

    In his Indian relations, wherein are contained incredible accounts, he is surely to be read with suspension; these are they which weakned his authorities with former ages, for he is seldom mentioned without derogatory parentheses. Brown.

    The mode of the will, which answers to dubitation, may be called suspension; and that which in the fantastick will is obstinacy, is constancy in the intellectual. Nehemiah Grew.

    Nor was any thing done for the better adjusting things in the time of that suspension, but every thing left in the same state of unconcernedness as before. Edward Hyde.


  1. suspension

    Suspension is a heterogeneous mixture in which solid particles are spread throughout a liquid or gas, without dissolving, and are typically large enough to settle out over time due to gravity. In a broader sense, suspension can also refer to the system of springs and shock absorbers connected to a vehicle's wheels to cushion it from bumps and vibration. It can also mean the temporary stopping or postponement of something, such as execution of a sentence, an employee, or certain privileges.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Suspensionnoun

    the act of suspending, or the state of being suspended; pendency; as, suspension from a hook

  2. Suspensionnoun

    especially, temporary delay, interruption, or cessation

  3. Suspensionnoun

    of labor, study, pain, etc

  4. Suspensionnoun

    of decision, determination, judgment, etc.; as, to ask a suspension of judgment or opinion in view of evidence to be produced

  5. Suspensionnoun

    of the payment of what is due; as, the suspension of a mercantile firm or of a bank

  6. Suspensionnoun

    of punishment, or sentence of punishment

  7. Suspensionnoun

    of a person in respect of the exercise of his office, powers, prerogative, etc.; as, the suspension of a student or of a clergyman

  8. Suspensionnoun

    of the action or execution of law, etc.; as, the suspension of the habeas corpus act

  9. Suspensionnoun

    a conditional withholding, interruption, or delay; as, the suspension of a payment on the performance of a condition

  10. Suspensionnoun

    the state of a solid when its particles are mixed with, but undissolved in, a fluid, and are capable of separation by straining; also, any substance in this state

  11. Suspensionnoun

    a keeping of the hearer in doubt and in attentive expectation of what is to follow, or of what is to be the inference or conclusion from the arguments or observations employed

  12. Suspensionnoun

    a stay or postponement of execution of a sentence condemnatory by means of letters of suspension granted on application to the lord ordinary

  13. Suspensionnoun

    the prolongation of one or more tones of a chord into the chord which follows, thus producing a momentary discord, suspending the concord which the ear expects. Cf. Retardation


  1. Suspension

    Suspension is the term given to the system of springs, shock absorbers and linkages that connects a vehicle to its wheels and allows relative motion between the two. Suspension systems serve a dual purpose — contributing to the vehicle's roadholding/handling and braking for good active safety and driving pleasure, and keeping vehicle occupants comfortable and reasonably well isolated from road noise, bumps, and vibrations,etc. These goals are generally at odds, so the tuning of suspensions involves finding the right compromise. It is important for the suspension to keep the road wheel in contact with the road surface as much as possible, because all the road or ground forces acting on the vehicle do so through the contact patches of the tires. The suspension also protects the vehicle itself and any cargo or luggage from damage and wear. The design of front and rear suspension of a car may be different. This article is primarily about four-wheeled vehicle suspension. For information on two-wheeled vehicles' suspensions see the motorcycle suspension, motorcycle fork, bicycle suspension, and bicycle fork articles.

The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Suspension

    This term is applied to methods of supporting galvanometer needles, balance beams, magnetic compass needles and similar objects which must be free to rotate. (See Suspension, Bifilar--Fibre and Spring Suspension--Fibre Suspension--Knife Edge Suspension--Pivot Suspension--Suspension, Torsion.)

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'suspension' in Nouns Frequency: #2265

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of suspension in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of suspension in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of suspension in a Sentence

  1. Rachel Sears:

    We want to keep that relationship intact, we only move toward probation or suspension when there is no further hope.

  2. Alexander Morozov:

    Information on the suspension of (retail clients credit) is not true.

  3. Rod Skirvin:

    Officer Valenti is accepting of the suspension and is not going to fight it, officer Valenti wishes to extend an apology to the David Hogg family and any family that was offended by his comment. Officer Valenti realizes Officer Valenti comments were insensitive and deeply regrets what Officer Valenti has done.

  4. Wockhardt UK:

    We can now confirm that the package was made safe and staff are now being allowed back into the facility, this temporary suspension of manufacturing has in no way affected our production schedule.

  5. Judge Brenda Penny:

    Suspension is in the best interests of Britney Spears, the current situation is not tenable.

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