• WordNet 3.6
    • v suspend cause to be held in suspension in a fluid "suspend the particles"
    • v suspend stop a process or a habit by imposing a freeze on it "Suspend the aid to the war-torn country"
    • v suspend make inoperative or stop "suspend payments on the loan"
    • v suspend hang freely "The secret police suspended their victims from the ceiling and beat them"
    • v suspend bar temporarily; from school, office, etc.
    • v suspend render temporarily ineffective "the prison sentence was suspended"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1980, a Las Vegas hospital suspended workers for betting on when patients would die
    • Suspend To attach to something above; to hang; as, to suspend a ball by a thread; to suspend a needle by a loadstone.
    • Suspend To cause to cease for a time from operation or effect; as, to suspend the habeas corpus act; to suspend the rules of a legislative body.
    • Suspend To cause to cease for a time; to hinder from proceeding; to interrupt; to delay; to stay. "Suspend your indignation against my brother.""The guard nor fights nor fies; their fate so near
      At once suspends their courage and their fear."
    • v. i Suspend To cease from operation or activity; esp., to stop payment, or be unable to meet obligations or engagements (said of a commercial firm or a bank).
    • Suspend To debar, or cause to withdraw temporarily, from any privilege, from the execution of an office, from the enjoyment of income, etc.; as, to suspend a student from college; to suspend a member of a club. "Good men should not be suspended from the exercise of their ministry and deprived of their livelihood for ceremonies which are on all hands acknowledged indifferent."
    • Suspend To hold in an undetermined or undecided state; as, to suspend one's judgment or opinion.
    • Suspend To make to depend; as, God hath suspended the promise of eternal life on the condition of obedience and holiness of life.
    • Suspend (Chem) To support in a liquid, as an insoluble powder, by stirring, to facilitate chemical action.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In some smaller towns in the state of Arizona, it is illegal to wear suspenders.
    • suspend To cause to hang; make to depend from anything; hang: as, to suspend a ball by a thread; hence, to hold, or keep from falling or sinking, as if by hanging: as, solid particles suspended in a liquid.
    • suspend To make to depend (on).
    • suspend To cause to cease for a time; hinder from proceeding; interrupt; stay; delay: as, all business was suspended.
    • suspend To hold undetermined; refrain from forming or concluding definitely: as, to suspend one's opinion.
    • suspend To debar, usually for a time, from any privilege, from the execution of an office, or from the enjoyment of income: as, a student suspended for some breach of discipline (rarely, in this use, suspended from college).
    • suspend To cause to cease for a time from operation or effect: as, to suspend the Habeas Corpus Act; to suspend the rules of a deliberative assembly.
    • suspend In music, to hold back or postpone the progression of (a voice-part) while the other parts proceed, usually producing a temporary discord. See suspension, 5.
    • suspend To cease from operation; desist from active employment; specifically, to stop payment, or be unable to meet one's engagements.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd took their name from a high school teacher named Leonard Skinner who had suspended several students for having long hair.
    • v.t Suspend sus-pend′ to hang one thing beneath another: to make to depend on: to make to stop for a time: to delay: to debar from any privilege, office, emolument, &c. for a time
    • n Suspend that which suspends: a bandage: having the effect of delaying or staying
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  • Arthur Schopenhauer
    “In the sphere of thought, absurdity and perversity remain the masters of the world, and their dominion is suspended only for brief periods.”
  • Irvin S. Cobb
    Irvin S. Cobb
    “A sudden violent jolt of it has been known to stop the victim's watch, snap his suspenders and crack his glass eye right across.”
  • Ernest Hemingway
    “Cowardice, as distinguished from panic, is almost always simply a lack of ability to suspend the functioning of the imagination.”
  • John Major
    John Major
    “I am walking over hot coals suspended over a deep pit at the bottom of which are a large number of vipers baring their fangs.”
  • Sir John Lubbock
    “Our duty is to believe that for which we have sufficient evidence, and to suspend our judgment when we have not.”
  • Sydney Smith
    “Correspondences are like small clothes before the invention of suspenders; it is impossible to keep them up.”


Belt and suspenders - (USA) Someone who wears belt and suspenders is very cautious and takes no risks.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. suspendre, or OF. souspendre,where the prefix is L. subtus, below, from sub, under), L. suspendere, suspensum,; pref. sus-,see Sub-) + pendere, to hang. See Pedant, and cf. Suspense (n.)


In literature:

I've heard of people even being Suspended without a reason.
"Cerebrum" by Albert Teichner
King Ferdinand refused to accompany them; so they suspended his powers and appointed a regency over his head.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
Suspend the flask containing the twenty-four-hour-old broth culture (step 3) in the water-bath at 60 deg.
"The Elements of Bacteriological Technique" by John William Henry Eyre
The flesh only needed to be cut into thin slices and suspended from the upright oars.
"The Ocean Waifs" by Mayne Reid
It is suspended by a reed, as is still done at Rome.
"Museum of Antiquity" by L. W. Yaggy
The Minister, indeed, was translated to a Glasgow charge; but that rather exalted than suspended their mutual love.
"The Story of John G. Paton" by James Paton
Her grief was entirely suspended.
"The Beth Book" by Sarah Grand
The commandment of love suspends every commandment, yet it perpetuates all.
"Epistle Sermons, Vol. II" by Martin Luther
The Chamber of Commerce resumed its sessions in the upper long room in 1779, having been suspended since 1775.
"All About Coffee" by William H. Ukers
The article to be coated is suspended in a chemical solution of the metal to be deposited.
"How it Works" by Archibald Williams
It was a moment in which Peter was suspended in space.
"Peter the Brazen" by George F. Worts
For many years their ghastly remains were suspended to gibbet posts, much to the terror and annoyance of the people in the district.
"Bygone Punishments" by William Andrews
Joan had no observation for anything as she rode on right up to the very shadow of the suspended lake.
"The Golden Woman" by Ridgwell Cullum
He flung his soaring lever, and hung suspended in the air.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, October, 1930" by Various
There is loss of appetite, and rumination is suspended.
"Special Report on Diseases of Cattle" by U.S. Department of Agriculture
If the nerves are divided which are distributed to any organ, the process of secretion is suspended.
"A Treatise on Anatomy, Physiology, and Hygiene (Revised Edition)" by Calvin Cutter
Gradually the route became so steep, so precipitous, that the caravan seemed suspended from the mountain's side.
"Travels in Tartary, Thibet, and China During the years 1844-5-6. Volume 2 [of 2]" by Evariste Regis Huc
All navigation is suspended.
"The Tremendous Event" by Maurice Leblanc
The captain used to pause opposite them, hitch one hand in his suspender, and laugh.
"Last Words" by Stephen Crane
They should be grown in baskets suspended in the intermediate house.
"Orchids" by James O'Brien

In poetry:

That voice of eloquence no more
Suspends the breath;
Its matchless power to charm is o'er--
'Tis hushed in death!
"Henry Clay" by Effie Afton
And now his toil suspending,
The labourer quits the field;
And lo! the dews descending,
Their sweetest fragrance yield.
"Evening" by Charlotte Dacre
'Twas plucked, I deemed, by lovers,
Who braved the Alpine snows,
And hung for weeks from icy peaks,
Suspended by their toes:
"A Shattered Illusion" by P G Wodehouse
You vain, whom youth and pleasure guide,
Awhile the bliss suspend;
Like yours, his life began in pride,
Like his, your lives shall end.
"The Captivity" by Oliver Goldsmith
And then he seem'd like one who kept
A vigil with suspended breath—
So kindly to his breast had crept
Some gentlest messenger of death.
"Forty Years After" by John Marchborn Cooley
A wood of asphodel below
Uprose as still and sweet as death,
And gliding shapes moved to and fro,—
I watched them with suspended breath.
"The Isle of Sleep" by Kate Seymour Maclean

In news:

Suspends player for Penn State tweets.
He was given a two-month suspended sentence.
Technician gets 2-month suspended sentence.
A Vatican computer technician received a two-month suspended sentence Saturday after he was found guilty of helping to leak Vatican secrets to the media.
Unless a way forward can be found, the symphony will suspend operations after Saturday’s performance at Syracuse University.
The Texas Supreme Court suspended the family-law judge who was caught on video beating his 16-year-old daughter.
School food service worker suspended in Philadelphia for discarding oranges.
Green is suspended with pay right now.
He is suspended with pay while he is being investigated.
A group of his fellow students, sitting as the Undergraduate Honor Council, voted to suspend him for two semesters beginning this fall.
Gu Kailai, the wife of disgraced Communist Party leader Bo Xilai, has been handed a suspended death sentenced for her role in the murder of British businessman Neil Heywood.
If a student is suspended or expelled from District A, can he or she just transfer to District B.
Bork suspended the girls based on their answers, and the school's directors expelled them a month later.
Justices suspend attorney for collecting ' exploitive fee'.
The Indiana Supreme Court has suspended an Indianapolis attorney after finding he engaged in attorney misconduct by collecting a "clearly unreasonable and exploitive fee" from a vulnerable client.

In science:

As we can see in Fig. 5, the maximum mass to be suspended increases with the thickness and of course strongly depends on the free-gap.
Feasibility of a magnetic suspension for second generation Gravitational Wave interferometers
Of course, the suspendable mass value decreases with the increase of the free-gap.
Feasibility of a magnetic suspension for second generation Gravitational Wave interferometers
Since the evolving particle quickly is much larger than the particles suspended in the gas, we assume σg = σc - but we will see below and in section 4 that this is not fully correct.
Dust coagulation in protoplanetary disks: a rapid depletion of small grains
For this to occur, the operator which carries out measurements in the brain has to be suspended.
Founding quantum theory on the basis of consciousness
In fact, Theorem 1.4 implies that after suspending the classifying spaces of both PΣ+ n and Pn exactly once, these suspended classifying spaces are homotopy equivalent as they are both finite bouquets of spheres with the same dimensions.
Basis-conjugating automorphisms of a free group and associated Lie algebras
We review briefly how Seiberg duality was analyzed by studying the low energy theory on D4 branes suspended between the NS5 branes in type IIA string theory.
D-branes in Unoriented Non-critical Strings and Duality in SO(N) and Sp(N) Gauge Theories
Then the Brownian motion of the suspended particles provides the averaging for free.
Notes on coherent backscattering from a random potential
The mirrors used in these interferometric GW detectors are suspended as pendulums, serving as quasi-free test masses in the GW detection band .
A Quantum-Enhanced Prototype Gravitational-Wave Detector
All the mode-cleaner and interferometer optics are suspended by single loop pendulums.
A Quantum-Enhanced Prototype Gravitational-Wave Detector
One then obtains a unitary suspended isomorphism which lifts Γ along Zp,q (see ).
Asymptotically Unitary Equivalence and Classification of Simple Amenable C*-algebras
To prove this theorem, we apply 6.1 to obtain a unitarily suspended C ([0, 1])-homomorphism ϕ : A⊗ B ⊗ Z which has the properties described in 6.1.
The Range of a Class of Classifiable Separable Simple Amenable C*-Algebras
The most important and the best known case is the case of asymptotic homomorphisms from a suspended C ∗ -algebra SA to the C ∗ -algebra K of compact operators, since the homotopy classes of those are the K -homology of A, the E -theory.
One more pathology of C*-algebraic tensor products
Photoluminescence imaging of suspended single-walled carbon nanotubes.
Carbon Nanotubes in Biology and Medicine: in vitro and in vivo Detection, Imaging and Drug Delivery
The statistics of velocity differences between very heavy inertial particles suspended in an incompressible turbulent flow is found to be extremely intermittent.
Caustics and Intermittency in Turbulent Suspensions of Heavy Particles
The detectors are Michelson-type interferometers with Fabry-Perot cavities in the two arms to amplify the tiny relative displacement of the suspended mirrors.
Precision studies of Casimir force and short-range gravity employing prototypes of interferometric gravitational wave detectors