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Dictionary Definition

suspension

Noun

1 a mixture in which fine particles are suspended in a fluid where they are supported by buoyancy
2 a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something [syn: pause, intermission, break, interruption]
3 temporary cessation or suspension [syn: abeyance]
4 an interruption in the intensity or amount of something [syn: respite, reprieve, hiatus, abatement]
5 a mechanical system of springs or shock absorbers connecting the wheels and axles to the chassis of a wheeled vehicle [syn: suspension system]
6 the act of suspending something (hanging it from above so it moves freely); "there was a small ceremony for the hanging of the portrait" [syn: dangling, hanging]
7 a temporary debarment (from a privilege or position etc) [syn: temporary removal]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

\Sus*pen"sion\.

Noun

  1. The act of suspending, or the state of being suspended
  2. A temporary delay, interruption, or cessation; Of labor, study, pain, etc.; Of decision, determination, judgment, etc.; Of judgment or opinion in view of evidence to be produced.; Of the payment of what is due; as, the suspension of a mercantile firm or of a bank.; Of punishment, or sentence of punishment.; Of a person in respect of the exercise of his office, powers, prerogative, etc.; as, the suspension of a student or of a clergyman.; Of the action or execution of law, etc.; as, the suspension of the habeas corpus act.
  3. A conditional withholding, interruption, or delay; as, the suspension of a payment on the performance of a condition.
  4. The state of a solid when its particles are mixed with, but not dissolved in, a fluid, and are capable of separation by straining; also, any substance in this state.
  5. 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.
  6. (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.
  7. 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; the discord so produced. Cf. retardation.
  8. 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. 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.

Translations

act of suspending, or the state of being suspended
a temporary delay, interruption, or cessation
a conditional withholding, interruption, or delay; as, the suspension of a payment on the performance of a condition
the state of a solid when its particles are mixed with, but not dissolved in, a fluid, and are capable of separation by straining
a keeping of the hearer in doubt and in attentive expectation of what is to follow
a stay or postponement of execution of a sentence condemnatory
the prolongation of one or more tones of a chord into the chord which follows

Finnish

Noun

suspension

Extensive Definition

Suspension may refer to:
In science: In vehicles: In music: As punishment: Otherwise:
suspension in Czech: Suspenze
suspension in German: Suspension
suspension in Spanish: Suspensión
suspension in French: Suspension
suspension in Italian: Sospensione
suspension in Hebrew: מיתלה
suspension in Norwegian: Suspensjon
suspension in Low German: Suspension
suspension in Portuguese: Suspensão

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

abandonment, abeyance, abjuration, abjurement, abolishment, abolition, abrogation, adaptation, afterthought, annulment, arrangement, bind, block, blockage, breach, break, breath, breather, breathing place, breathing space, breathing spell, breathing time, bureaucratic delay, caesura, cancel, canceling, cancellation, cashiering, cassation, catharsis, cease-fire, cessation, cigarette break, cleansing, clearance, cocktail hour, coffee break, cold storage, concluding, conclusion, conge, countermand, counterorder, danglement, dangling, day off, debarring, deconsecration, defeasance, deferment, defrocking, delay, delayage, delayed reaction, delaying, deliverance, denial, dependence, dependency, deportation, deposal, deposition, deprivation, desistance, detachment, detention, dethronement, disbarment, disbarring, discard, discharge, discontinuance, discontinuation, discrownment, disemployment, disenthronement, disjunction, dismissal, displacement, displacing, disposal, disposition, doldrums, dormancy, double take, downtime, dragging, drop, drumming out, ejection, elimination, emotional release, end, ending, enforced respite, eradication, eviction, exclusion, excommunication, exile, expatriation, expulsion, finish, firing, fissure, forbearance, forced resignation, forced separation, freeing, furloughing, gap, halt, hang-up, hanging, happy hour, harmonization, hesitation, hiatus, hibernation, hindrance, hold-up, holdup, holiday, immobility, impeachment, inaction, inactiveness, inactivity, inertia, instrumentation, interim, interlude, intermezzo, intermission, intermittence, interruption, interval, intonation, invalidation, jam, kicking upstairs, lacuna, lag, lagging, lapse, latency, layoff, letup, liquidation, logjam, lull, modulation, moratorium, motionlessness, nonexercise, nullification, obstruction, orchestration, ostracism, ousting, outlawing, outlawry, overthrow, overthrowal, paperasserie, pause, pendency, pendulosity, pendulousness, pensileness, pensility, pensioning off, period, phrasing, pink slip, postponement, preparation, purgation, purge, purging, quiescence, quiescency, recall, recantation, recess, red tape, red-tapeism, red-tapery, rejection, release, relinquishment, remission, removal, renege, renouncement, renunciation, repeal, reprieve, rescinding, rescindment, rescission, resignation, resolution, respite, rest, retardance, retardation, retirement, retraction, reversal, revocation, revoke, revokement, riddance, setting, setting aside, severance, slow-up, slowdown, slowness, solution, spell, stand-down, stay, stay of execution, stop, stoppage, superannuation, surcease, surplusing, suspense, tea break, termination, the ax, the boot, the bounce, the gate, the sack, ticket, tie-up, time lag, time out, tone painting, transcription, truce, unchurching, underactivity, unfrocking, unseating, vacation, vacatur, voidance, voiding, wait, waiver, waiving, walking papers, withdrawal, write-off
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