suspension

noun
sus·​pen·​sion | \ sə-ˈspen(t)-shən How to pronounce suspension (audio) \

Definition of suspension

1 : the act of suspending : the state or period of being suspended: such as
a : temporary removal (as from office or privileges)
b : temporary withholding (as of belief or decision)
c : temporary abrogation of a law or rule
d(1) : the holding over of one or more musical tones of a chord into the following chord producing a momentary discord and suspending the concord which the ear expects specifically : such a dissonance which resolves downward — compare anticipation, retardation
(2) : the tone thus held over
e : stoppage of payment of business obligations : failure used especially of a business or a bank
f : a rhetorical device whereby the principal idea is deferred to the end of a sentence or longer unit
2a : the act of hanging : the state of being hung
b(1) : the state of a substance when its particles are mixed with but undissolved in a fluid or solid
(2) : a substance in this state
(3) : a system consisting of a solid dispersed in a solid, liquid, or gas usually in particles of larger than colloidal size — compare emulsion
3 : something suspended
4 : the means by which something is suspended especially : the system of devices (such as springs) supporting the upper part of a vehicle on the axles

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Examples of suspension in a Sentence

He was angry about his suspension from the team. His record shows several suspensions from school. He's under suspension for breaking the rules. a suspension of the rules She was punished by suspension of her driver's license.
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Recent Examples on the Web The optional F-Sport package includes a unique grille and bumpers; gloss black aluminum wheels; aluminum pedals; adaptive suspension; black and red interior trim. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, 13 June 2021 It is loaded to the gills with tech, including a big touch screen, sophisticated suspension, adjustable everything and innovative options like auto-lowering ride height, trick spoke wheels and headlights that look through corners. Bill Roberson, Forbes, 10 June 2021 The temporary suspension of COVID vaccine patents—a move that's intended to help expand manufacturing and speed up the global vaccination drive, thus shortening the pandemic—was originally proposed by South Africa and India last year. David Meyer, Fortune, 10 June 2021 Both the suspension and the rear differential benefitted from programming updates last year. Annie White, Car and Driver, 2 June 2021 The 15-year veteran of the force and son of a former city councilman received an indefinite suspension, which is tantamount to firing, in October 2019. Elizabeth Zavala, San Antonio Express-News, 5 May 2021 The suspension of play, a move that several sports undertook as athletes threatened a boycott, allowed Osaka to remain in the tournament. BostonGlobe.com, 31 May 2021 The independent rear suspension and Lightning’s low center of gravity — because its heavy battery is located beneath the cabin floor — kept the pickup flat and stable in quick lane changes. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, 20 May 2021 Among other dynamic advantages, the independent rear suspension (IRS) also reduces the unsprung mass, and for a stick-axle pickup, that’s usually a substantial amount of weight. K.c. Colwell, Car and Driver, 20 May 2021

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First Known Use of suspension

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for suspension

Middle English suspensyon, from Anglo-French suspension, from Late Latin suspension-, suspensio, from Latin suspendere

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The first known use of suspension was in the 15th century

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14 Jun 2021

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“Suspension.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/suspension. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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suspension

noun

English Language Learners Definition of suspension

: the act of forcing someone to leave a job, position, or place for a usually short period of time as a form of punishment : the act of suspending someone
: the act of stopping or delaying something for a usually short period of time
: the act of making something invalid or ineffective for a usually short period of time

suspension

noun
sus·​pen·​sion | \ sə-ˈspen-shən How to pronounce suspension (audio) \

Kids Definition of suspension

1 : the act of stopping, removing, or making someone or something ineffective for a time
2 : the state of being stopped, removed, or made ineffective for a time suspension of a game
3 : the period during which someone or something is stopped, removed, or made ineffective a two week suspension from school
4 : the act of hanging : the state of being hung
5 : the system of springs that support the upper part of a vehicle on the axles

suspension

noun
sus·​pen·​sion | \ sə-ˈspen-chən How to pronounce suspension (audio) \

Medical Definition of suspension

1a : the state of a substance when its particles are mixed with but undissolved in a fluid or solid
b : a substance in this state — see oral suspension
2 : a system consisting of a solid dispersed in a solid, liquid, or gas usually in particles of larger than colloidal size

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suspension

noun
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Legal Definition of suspension

: the act of suspending : the state or period of being suspended the suspension of an employee

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