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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As well as preventing any flights from taking off, the suspension meant that numerous inbound flights had to be diverted to other London-area airports, while other flights were forced to land in Paris and Amsterdam. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Wealth managers and charities are looking forward to an IPO-rich 2019," 21 Dec. 2018 Angered over the suspension of bus service, dozens of people rallied in Muzaffarabad on Wednesday. Roshan Mughal, The Seattle Times, "India suspends key bus service to Pakistani part of Kashmir," 20 Feb. 2019 Their final report would be a stinging rebuke of NASA and would lead to a two-and-a-half-year suspension of the shuttle program. Margaret Lazarus Dean, Popular Mechanics, "The Oral History of the Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster," 28 Jan. 2019 Nashville requested a similar suspension of service two days after Bird scooters launched there. Ethan May, Indianapolis Star, "City asks Bird electric scooters to suspend service for 30 days," 19 June 2018 An eight-time All-Star, Cano served an 80-game suspension this season after a positive test for Furosemide, a diuretic that can be used to mask performance-enhancing drugs. Ben Walker, The Seattle Times, "Clad in Santa hats, Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz are introduced as New York Mets," 4 Dec. 2018 The Marlins must compensate for Caleb Smith’s injury and Dan Straily’s suspension. Matthew Defranks, Sun-Sentinel.com, "A Closer Look: Arizona Diamondbacks 5, Miami Marlins 3," 27 June 2018 The Dynamo entered the game with defenders returning from injury and suspension but right back Andrew Wenger — fresh off of his return from a right leg injury — was substituted in the 25th minute with an injury to his left leg. Glynn A. Hill, Houston Chronicle, "Dynamo dominate Colorado Rapids for shutout victory," 9 June 2018 Chara is missing Saturday's game due to suspension for yellow card accumulation after picking up a yellow card in last week's match against the LA Galaxy. Jamie Goldberg, OregonLive.com, "Portland Timbers will face challenge against Kansas City as they try to win without Diego Chara," 7 June 2018

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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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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

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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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