Definition of suspension in English:

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Pronunciation: /səˈspenSHən/


1The action of suspending someone or something or the condition of being suspended, in particular.
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  • Together with his son Nathaniel, a canon of the cathedral, he remained a staunch royalist, opposing the suspension of services during the Civil War.
  • By its very nature, even an excellent musical requires a greater suspension of disbelief on the part of the audience than the average film does.
  • It doesn't bother me that their involvement may not always be ‘realistic,’ because opera is all about the suspension of disbelief.
1.1The temporary prevention of something from continuing or being in force or effect: the suspension of military action
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  • The Embassy bombing touched off storms of protests from China and led to suspension of almost all military contacts and planned visits.
  • There are many other risks of business interruption and suspension that cannot be transferred to an insurance company.
  • The formal suspension of the action led to the resumption of talks with the government in a further attempt to impose a settlement in the 15-month dispute.
adjournment, interruption, postponement, delay, deferral, deferment, stay, prorogation;
cessation, end, halt, stoppage, dissolution, disbandment, termination
exclusion, debarment, removal, elimination, expulsion, ejection
1.2The official prohibition of someone from holding their usual post or carrying out their usual role for a particular length of time: the investigation led to the suspension of several officers a four-game suspension
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  • The students each received a one-day suspension, which school officials agreed not to enforce after they were contacted by the ACLU of Massachusetts.
  • The four-game suspension of RB Travis Henry will mean more carries for Chris Brown.
  • For suspensions, they were asked the year their suspension occurred and the length of their suspension.
1.3 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.
2The system of springs and shock absorbers by which a vehicle is cushioned from road conditions: 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 corn starch in peanut 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.
3.1The state of being dispersed in 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.


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

Words that rhyme with suspension

abstention, apprehension, ascension, attention, circumvention, comprehension, condescension, contention, contravention, convention, declension, detention, dimension, dissension, extension, gentian, hypertension, hypotension, intention, intervention, invention, mention, misapprehension, obtention, pension, prehension, prevention, recension, retention, subvention, supervention, tension

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Syllabification: sus·pen·sion

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