|1.||an interruption or temporary revocation: the suspension of a law|
|2.||a temporary debarment, as from position, privilege, etc|
|3.||a deferment, esp of a decision, judgment, etc|
|a. a postponement of execution of a sentence or the deferring of a judgment, etc|
|b. a temporary extinguishment of a right or title|
|5.||cessation of payment of business debts, esp as a result of insolvency|
|6.||the act of suspending or the state of being suspended|
|7.||See also hydraulic suspension a system of springs, shock absorbers, etc, that supports the body of a wheeled or tracked vehicle and insulates it and its occupants from shocks transmitted by the wheels|
|8.||a device or structure, usually a wire or spring, that serves to suspend or support something, such as the pendulum of a clock|
|9.||chem See also colloid a dispersion of fine solid or liquid particles in a fluid, the particles being supported by buoyancy|
|10.||the process by which eroded particles of rock are transported in a river|
|11.||music one or more notes of a chord that are prolonged until a subsequent chord is sounded, usually to form a dissonance|
"A semblance of truth sufficient to procure for these shadows of imagination that willing suspension of disbelief for the moment, which constitutes poetic faith." [Coleridge, "Biographia Literaria," 1817]Meaning "action of hanging by a support from above" is attested from 1546. Suspension bridge first recorded 1821.
suspension sus·pen·sion (sə-spěn'shən)
A noncolloidal dispersion of solid particles in a liquid, often used for pharmaceutical preparations.
The fixation of an organ to other tissue for support, as the uterus.
The hanging of a part from a support, such as a plaster-encased limb.
suspension [%PREMIUM_LINK%] (sə-spěn'shən) Pronunciation Key |
A mixture in which small particles of a substance are dispersed throughout a gas or liquid. If a suspension is left undisturbed, the particles are likely to settle to the bottom. The particles in a suspension are larger than those in either a colloid or a solution. Muddy water is an example of a suspension. Compare colloid, solution.