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.

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. Boudewijn Ploos van Amstel:

    The letter of suspension is very misleading.

  2. Isaac Kamande Mwangi:

    My legal team appealed against the six-month suspension because we thought it was too long and punitive given that I was an employee and not an elected member of the board like the others, now that our appeal is not successful we are looking forward to a fair and open hearing. I maintain my innocence, hence we want the hearing conducted in public because I want to face our accusers.

  3. Kiki VanDeWeghe:

    The cumulative points system is designed to deter flagrant fouls in our game, while Draymond Green's actions in Game Four do not merit a suspension as a standalone act, the number of flagrant points he has earned triggers a suspension for Game Five.

  4. Sam Chi Yung:

    The suspension will shut funds out of the markets and further dampen purchasing power.

  5. Lakshheish M Patel:

    Bet on it that Indian stock market is going no where in the next 3 years. Neither Up Nor Down but will remain in Suspension mode in which traders will remain in limbo position not knowing what to do whether to sell and quit or keep waiting

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