• WordNet 3.6
    • n suspension a temporary debarment (from a privilege or position etc)
    • n suspension the act of suspending something (hanging it from above so it moves freely) "there was a small ceremony for the hanging of the portrait"
    • n suspension a mechanical system of springs or shock absorbers connecting the wheels and axles to the chassis of a wheeled vehicle
    • n suspension an interruption in the intensity or amount of something
    • n suspension temporary cessation or suspension
    • n suspension a mixture in which fine particles are suspended in a fluid where they are supported by buoyancy
    • n suspension a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something
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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.
    • Suspension A conditional withholding, interruption, or delay; as, the suspension of a payment on the performance of a condition.
    • Suspension (Rhet) 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.
    • Suspension (Scots Law) A stay or postponement of execution of a sentence condemnatory by means of letters of suspension granted on application to the lord ordinary.
    • Suspension Especially, temporary delay, interruption, or cessation
    • Suspension Of a person in respect of the exercise of his office, powers, prerogative, etc.; as, the suspension of a student or of a clergyman.
    • Suspension Of decision, determination, judgment, etc.; as, to ask a suspension of judgment or opinion in view of evidence to be produced.
    • Suspension Of labor, study, pain, etc.
    • Suspension Of punishment, or sentence of punishment.
    • Suspension Of the action or execution of law, etc.; as, the suspension of the habeas corpus act.
    • Suspension Of the payment of what is due; as, the suspension of a mercantile firm or of a bank.
    • Suspension The act of suspending, or the state of being suspended; pendency; as, suspension from a hook.
    • Suspension (Mus) 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.
    • Suspension 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n suspension The act of suspending, or the state of being suspended; the act or state of hanging from a support; hence, the state of being held up or kept in any way from falling or sinking, as in a liquid.
    • n suspension The act of suspending, or delaying, interrupting, ceasing, or stopping for a time; the state of being delayed, interrupted, etc. The act of stopping or ceasing: as, a suspension of pain.
    • n suspension The act of refraining from decision, determination, sentence, execution, or the like: as, a suspension of judgment or opinion.
    • n suspension The act of causing the operation or effect of something to cease for a time: as, the suspension of the Habeas Corpus Act.
    • n suspension The act of ceasing to pay debts or claims on account of financial inability; business failure: as, the suspension of a bank or commercial house.
    • n suspension Temporary deprivation of office, power, prerogative, or any other privilege: as, the suspension of an officer or of a clergyman.
    • n suspension In law: The temporary stop of a man's right, as when a seigniory, rent, or other profit out of land lies dormant for a time, by reason of the unity of possession of the seigniory, rent, etc., and of the land out of which they issue.
    • n suspension In Scots law, a process in the supreme civil or criminal court by which execution or diligence on a sentence or decree is stayed until the judgment of the supreme court is obtained on the point.
    • n suspension That which is suspended or hung up, or that which is held up, as in a liquid.
    • n suspension The act of keeping a person in suspense or doubt.
    • n suspension In music: The act, process, or result of prolonging or sustaining a tone in one chord into a following chord, in which at first it is a dissonance, but into which it is immediately merged by a conjunct progression upward or downward. The sounding of the tone in the first chord is called the preparation of the suspension, its dissonant sounding in the second the percussion, and its final passage into consonance the resolution. Usually the term suspension is used only when the resolution is downward, retardation being the common term when the resolution is upward. (See retardation, 4 .) When two or more voice-parts undergo suspension at once, the suspension is called double, triple, etc. Suspension was the earliest method selected for introducing dissonances into regular composition. (See preparation, 9 .) Its success depends largely on the exact harmonic relations of the suspended tone to the chord in which it is dissonant, and on the way in which its dissonance is rhythmically emphasized.
    • n suspension The tone thus suspended.
    • n suspension In a vehicle, any method of supporting the body clear of the axles, as by springs, side-bars, or straps.
    • n suspension Bankruptcy, etc. See failure.
    • n suspension A fluid, containing bacteria or other cells, distributed in a more or loss even manner.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Suspension act of suspending: interruption: delay: temporary privation of office or privilege: a conditional withholding
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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
Cf. F. suspension, L. suspensio, arched work, imperfect pronunciation. See Suspend
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. suspendĕresub, beneath, pendēre, pensum, to hang.


In literature:

All eyes were fixed on the king's features in anxious suspense.
"An Egyptian Princess, Complete" by Georg Ebers
There ensued an instant's pause, possessing a certain quality of suspense.
"The Sky Line of Spruce" by Edison Marshall
If you have indeed been with those who have taken the control of our city, do not keep us in suspense.
"A Beleaguered City" by Mrs. Oliphant
Again time passed; seconds that seemed minutes, minutes that were a hell of suspense.
"Where the Trail Divides" by Will Lillibridge
Much of this dreary interval of perpetual doubt and suspense was spent beside John Saltram's sick bed.
"Fenton's Quest" by M. E. Braddon
Josephine waited for further intelligence in an agony of suspense.
"Queen Hortense" by L. Mühlbach
Every one felt that Mr. Rose was master of the occasion, and awaited his next step in terrified suspense.
"Eric" by Frederic William Farrar
During that moment of acute suspense Richard Lambert was quietly co-ordinating his thoughts.
"The Nest of the Sparrowhawk" by Baroness Orczy
Section V. Of Indefinite Suspension.
"The Principles of Masonic Law" by Albert G. Mackey
The suspension or prolongation of a movement is one of the great sources of effect.
"Delsarte System of Oratory" by Various

In poetry:

One moment more of sad suspense
And those dark trees are past;
The lonely well bursts on his sight
And they are met at last!
"Alexander And Zenobia" by Anne Bronte
As I have kept by land and sea
That tryst for half a century;
Entranced in sibylline suspense
Beyond a world of common-sense.
"Moon-Lover" by Robert W Service
By ceaseless waves, that break and waste,
All human record is effaced:
Only our love in brief defence
Shall hold the billow in suspense.
"An Epitaph" by John Le Gay Brereton
And yet they stand in dread suspense,
Till Pity kindly leads them hence,
And fitting robes for each prepare
To brave a less salubrious air.
"Banishment Of Man From The Garden Of The Lord" by James Madison Bell
'Tween clearing faith and clouding sense,
I walk in darkness and in light.
I'm certain oft, when in suspense,
While sure by faith, and not by sight.
"The Believer's Riddle; or, the Mystery of Faith" by Ralph Erskine
And the Players are bought and sold —like tripe
—Imagine the cruel suspense —
When I was put up for auction
And I didn't fetch eighteen pence !
"One Over The Eight (Football Score!)" by T W Connor

In news:

The Nature Of Suspense And Our Love Of Cover Songs.
Ed Reed's 1-Game Suspension Reduced.
NFL Live OT Reacts To Ed Reed's Suspension.
1962 International Harvester Scout 80 Rear Suspension.
Teen faces suspension over rosary beads.
With a positively glowing cast, Head Over Heels is quite the best suspense-comedy to come along since Colin Higgins' Foul Play.
Rivas gets two-game suspension for headbutt .
Montreal Impact defender Nelson Rivas ' vicious headbutt on Philadelphia Union forward Antoine Hoppenot earned him a two-game suspension in addition to the automatic one-game suspension he received for being red carded.
Claude Giroux earned a two-minute minor penalty for head contact on his hit to Dainius Zubrus during Game 4, but is a suspension warranted.
At first thought, Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith receiving a five game suspension for his elbow to the head of Vancouver Canucks forward Daniel Sedin seems harsh.
Other highlights include an electronic limited-slip differential and independent front suspension.
The failure of a cable support on the Sabo bridge has resulted in closure of the bridge, suspension of light-rail service at three stops and the rerouting of vehicle traffic on Hiawatha Avenue.
Monterey's Hippodrome faces ABC suspension and possible sale.
National Celebration issues lifetime suspension for horse trainer .
National Celebration issues lifetime suspension for horse trainer.

In science:

The class of suspension semi-flows studied in the previous section belong to the boundary of hyperbolic systems.
Parabolic suspension flows
Iommi, Suspension flows over countable Markov shifts, J.
Parabolic suspension flows
Wolf, Dimension of measures for suspension flows, Dyn.
Parabolic suspension flows
Jordan, Phase transitions for suspension flows, To appear in Comm.
Parabolic suspension flows
Melbourne and A. T¨or¨ok, Statistical limit theorems for suspension flows, Israel J.
Parabolic suspension flows