suspension

noun

sus·​pen·​sion sə-ˈspen(t)-shən How to pronounce suspension (audio)
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
2
a
: 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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web After conditions are met the suspensions are reduced. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 28 Feb. 2024 Bryant will begin serving his three-game suspension on Monday and will miss the final three games of the Heat’s four-game trip. Anthony Chiang, Miami Herald, 26 Feb. 2024 The suspension means teams will not work on humanitarian missions in areas where the Israeli military is present in Gaza, PRCS told CNN. Tara John, CNN, 26 Feb. 2024 The caps may strip and detach from the fork outer tube, possibly compromising the operation of the front suspension and increasing the risk of a crash, the company told NHTSA. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, 26 Feb. 2024 Heat center Thomas Bryant and Pelicans guard Jose Alvarado were given three-game suspensions for leaving their respective benches and escalating the situation. Chris Biderman, Sacramento Bee, 25 Feb. 2024 Meanwhile, Incarnate Word guard Elijah Davis was given a three-game suspension. Sean Neumann, Peoplemag, 22 Feb. 2024 House Republican leadership actually opted to push the bill through this easier procedural route suspension of the rules that's reserved for bills that can garner a two-thirds vote. Tax Notes Staff, Forbes, 21 Feb. 2024 Darryl George, a junior at Barbers Hill High School in Mont Belvieu, about 30 miles from Houston, has been in in-school suspension or at an off-site disciplinary program for most of the school year. Char Adams, NBC News, 21 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

Dictionary Entries Near suspension

Cite this Entry

“Suspension.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/suspension. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

suspension

noun
sus·​pen·​sion sə-ˈspen-chən How to pronounce suspension (audio)
1
a
: the act or an instance of suspending
b
: the state of being suspended
c
: the period during which someone or something is suspended
2
: the act of hanging : the state of being hung
3
: the state of a substance when its particles are mixed with but not dissolved in a fluid or solid
also : a substance in this state
4
: something suspended
5
: the system of devices (as springs) supporting the upper part of a vehicle on the axles

Medical Definition

suspension

noun
sus·​pen·​sion sə-ˈspen-chən How to pronounce suspension (audio)
1
a
: 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

Legal Definition

suspension

noun
sus·​pen·​sion
: the act of suspending : the state or period of being suspended
the suspension of an employee

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