Definition of suspension in English:


Line breaks: sus¦pen|sion
Pronunciation: /səˈspɛnʃ(ə)n


  • 2 [mass noun] The system of springs and shock absorbers by which a vehicle is supported on its wheels: modifications have been made to the car’s rear suspension
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    • The running gear features torsion bar suspension with hydraulic shock absorbers at one, two and six road wheel stations and tracks with rubber-metallic pin hinges.
    • The Frontier features a rind leaf spring rear suspension and like the Xterra has the power-assisted rack and pinion steering.
    • It was also given a more conventional rear suspension with leaf springs in a typical Hotchkiss design.
  • 3A mixture in which particles are dispersed throughout the bulk of a fluid: a suspension of maize starch in arachis oil
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    • An aerosol is a suspension of very small particles of solid or liquid dispersed in a gas medium.
    • One of the simplest ways of demonstrating that an apparent solution is actually a suspension of microscopic particles is through light scattering.
    • Milk is a colloidal suspension of oil droplets in water.
  • 3.1 [mass noun] A state in which particles are dispersed throughout a fluid: the agitator in the vat keeps the slurry in suspension
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    • It does not dissolve the latex particles, but disperses them in suspension.
    • Muds are transported in suspension by surface waters and are widely dispersed from their source area.
    • The lipids are held in suspension as tiny globules known as liposomes, and are delivered by a manual-pump aerosol spray onto the closed eye.
  • 4 Music A discord made by prolonging a note of a chord into the following chord.
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    • Santana's own contribution is replete with rubato, ornamentation and suspensions.
    • He also used sighing suspensions, and unexpected leaps to hold on to bass pedal notes to create chords.
    • Each note, once sounded, is held on, to produce a grinding multiple suspension over a quasitonic E at the sixth bar.


late Middle English: from French, or from Latin suspensio(n-), from the verb suspendere (see suspend).

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