• WordNet 3.6
    • n suspense an uncertain cognitive state "the matter remained in suspense for several years"
    • n suspense excited anticipation of an approaching climax "the play kept the audience in suspense"
    • n suspense apprehension about what is going to happen
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The world's longest suspension bridge opened to traffic on April 5, 1998. The 3,911-meter (12,831-feet) Akashi Kaikyo Bridge is 580 meters (1,900 feet) longer than the Humber Bridge in England, the previous record holder.
    • Suspense (Law) A temporary cessation of one's right; suspension, as when the rent or other profits of land cease by unity of possession of land and rent.
    • Suspense Cessation for a time; stop; pause. "A cool suspense from pleasure and from pain."
    • Suspense Expressing, or proceeding from, suspense or doubt. "Expectation held his look suspense ."
    • Suspense Held or lifted up; held or prevented from proceeding. "The great light of day suspense in heaven."
    • Suspense The state of being suspended; specifically, a state of uncertainty and expectation, with anxiety or apprehension; indetermination; indecision; as, the suspense of a person waiting for the verdict of a jury. "Ten days the prophet in suspense remained.""Upon the ticklish balance of suspense ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • suspense To suspend.
    • suspense Held or lifted up; suspended.
    • suspense Held in doubt or expectation; also, expressing or proceeding from suspense or doubt.
    • n suspense The state of being suspended; specifically, the state of having the mind or thoughts suspended; especially, a state of uncertainty, usually with more or less apprehension or anxiety; indetermination; indecision.
    • n suspense Cessation for a time; stop.
    • n suspense Suspension; a holding in an undetermined state.
    • n suspense In law, suspension; a temporary cessation of a man's right, as when the rent or other profits of land cease by unity of possession of land and rent.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Suspense state of being suspended: act of withholding the judgment: uncertainty: indecision: stop betwixt two opposites
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  • Robert Burns
    “Suspense is worst than disappointment.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “The suspense is terrible, I hope it will last.”
  • Fawn M. Brodie
    Fawn M. Brodie
    “Show me a character whose life arouses my curiosity, and my flesh begins crawling with suspense.”
  • Mary Mccarthy
    “We all live in suspense from day to day; in other words, you are the hero of your own story.”
  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge
    “That willing suspension of disbelief for the moment, which constitutes poetic faith.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. suspens, L. suspensus, p. p. of suspendere,. See Suspend
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. suspendĕresub, beneath, pendēre, pensum, to hang.


In literature:

He was rather too emphatic in demanding his immediate removal, and hinting at suspension.
"My New Curate" by P.A. Sheehan
The family were in an agony of suspense for the silent, absent son and brother.
"Daring and Suffering:" by William Pittenger
She waited in panting suspense for a fierce denial.
"The Secret of the Storm Country" by Grace Miller White
He gritted his teeth in an agony of suspense and enforced inaction.
"Terry" by Charles Goff Thomson
You kill one with suspense.
"Rabbi and Priest" by Milton Goldsmith
Tom waited in suspense.
"Tom Slade with the Colors" by Percy K. Fitzhugh
Indeed, the effect of the suspense on him was bad all round.
"Follow My leader" by Talbot Baines Reed
Suspension of the laws by the sovereign was expressly forbidden.
"The Governments of Europe" by Frederic Austin Ogg
Our suspense was not protracted.
"My Friend Smith" by Talbot Baines Reed
Those behind ceased to pursue, and watched the result in breathless suspense.
"A Dog with a Bad Name" by Talbot Baines Reed

In poetry:

The deep suspense is o'er;
The bloodless battle's past;
Freedom from shore to shore,
Decreed at last!
"Redeemed!" by Alfred Gibbs Campbell
Black grew the sky,--all black, all black;
The clouds were everywhere;
There was a feeling of suspense
In nature, a mysterious sense
Of terror in the air.
"Tales Of A Wayside Inn : Part 2. The Musician's Tale; The Ballad of Carmilhan - IV. " by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Thou art gone to the tomb, whence there's no returning,
And left us behind in a vale of suspense;
In vain to the dust do we follow thee mourning,
The same doleful trump will soon call us all hence.
"On The Death Of Rebecca" by George Moses Horton
'Three nights in dire suspense I sat
Alone; the fourth convey'd my fate,
Sent from a foreign shore;—
"Go, where thy wandering wishes tend
Go, and embrace thy father's friend,
You never see me more!"—
"Monimia. An Ode" by John Logan
But on they battled, bruised and dazed,
Scarce able now to stand;
Until the Law stepped in and raised
A stern, restraining hand.
"Ah!" sighed the crowd, freed from suspense,
"It might have led to violence."
"Averted Violence" by C J Dennis
And still the wind blew furiously, and the darkness was intense,
Which filled the hearts of the crew with great suspense,
Then the ill-fated vessel struck, and began to settle down,
Then the poor creatures cried. God save us, or else we'll drown!
"The Wreck of the Barque 'Lynton'" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

That's, alas, the case in this apocalyptic would-be thriller that is short on suspense and believable characters.
(Under Facebook terminology, a suspension is more severe than merely freezing the ability of the user to post).
UNLV forward Chace Stanback pleads guilty to DUI charge, draws suspension.
'Piranha 3D,' a suspenseful, successful chomp romp.
The presidential race may have been a cliffhanger, but suspense was in short supply this election night in Wise County, and most of Texas.
After they each parred the par-4 18th hole eight times in a playoff Sunday, darkness forced the suspension of play for the day.
Semiactive suspension technology for the future.
'A Dead Hand ': Paul Theroux's agile Calcutta suspense.
The Kansas City Chiefs currently require the suspension of disbelief .
PAN 22 provided on three suspensions.
US Education Department will monitor student suspensions in Oakland (Calif.) district.
Objective To construct suspension cables out of newspaper.
HIMSS Opposes Congress' Call for Suspension of EHR Incentive Program .
The penalties may include fines, forfeiture of property, prison sentences, and license suspensions.
Iran Promises to Oppose Syria's Islamic Group Suspension.

In science:

H → SH, commuting with the respective suspension operators, and the suspension operator Σ on SH is an equivalence.
Comparison of cobordism theories
The simplicial suspension of X , denoted Λ(X ), is the simplicial cone of ∗X , that is Λ(X ) = K (∗X , ∗X ).
(Co)Simplicial Descent Categories
Therefore, our suspension functor (∆◦C )[W −1 ] → (∆◦C )[W −1 ] induced by Λ : ∆◦C → ∆◦C agrees with the Brown suspension of [Br, theorem 3].
(Co)Simplicial Descent Categories
The suspension functor Σ : D → D is defined as the simple of the simplicial suspension of c(A), that is, Σ(A) = sΛ(c(A)) = cone(A → ∗).
(Co)Simplicial Descent Categories
Excess surfactants in the CNT suspensions are known to be highly toxic to cells [113].
Carbon Nanotubes in Biology and Medicine: in vitro and in vivo Detection, Imaging and Drug Delivery