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Pronunciation:  su'spenshun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a temporary debarment (from a privilege or position etc)
  2. [n]  the act of suspending something (hanging it from above so it moves freely); "there was a small ceremony for the hanging of the portrait"
  3. [n]  a mechanical system of springs or shock absorbers connecting the wheels and axles to the chassis of a wheeled vehicle
  4. [n]  an interruption in the intensity or amount of something
  5. [n]  temporary cessation or suspension
  6. [n]  a mixture in which fine particles are suspended in a fluid where they are supported by buoyancy
  7. [n]  a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something

SUSPENSION is a 10 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: abatement, abeyance, break, dangling, hanging, hiatus, intermission, interruption, pause, reprieve, respite, suspension system, temporary removal
 See Also: automotive vehicle, blackout, break, caesura, car, cushion, debarment, deferral, defervescence, delay, halftime, hold, inaction, inactiveness, inactivity, interruption, interval, lapse, letup, lull, mash, mechanical system, mixture, moratorium, motor vehicle, postponement, railcar, railroad car, railway car, recess, relief, remission, remittal, respite, rest, rest period, resuspension, rustication, shock, shock absorber, slurry, subsidence, support, supporting, time interval, time lag, time-out, vapor, vapour, wait



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Sus*pen"sion\, n. [Cf. F. suspension, L. suspensio
arched work, imperfect pronunciation. See {Suspend}.]
1. The act of suspending, or the state of being suspended;
   pendency; as, suspension from a hook.

2. Especially, temporary delay, interruption, or cessation;
   (a) Of labor, study, pain, etc.
   (b) Of decision, determination, judgment, etc.; as, to ask
       a suspension of judgment or opinion in view of
       evidence to be produced.
   (c) Of the payment of what is due; as, the suspension of a
       mercantile firm or of a bank.
   (d) Of punishment, or sentence of punishment.
   (e) Of a person in respect of the exercise of his office,
       powers, prerogative, etc.; as, the suspension of a
       student or of a clergyman.
   (f) Of the action or execution of law, etc.; as, the
       suspension of the habeas corpus act.

3. A conditional withholding, interruption, or delay; as, the
   suspension of a payment on the performance of a condition.

4. The state of a solid when its particles are mixed with,
   but undissolved in, a fluid, and are capable of separation
   by straining; also, any substance in this state.

5. (Rhet.) A keeping of the hearer in doubt and in attentive
   expectation of what is to follow, or of what is to be the
   inference or conclusion from the arguments or observations

6. (Scots Law) A stay or postponement of execution of a
   sentence condemnatory by means of letters of suspension
   granted on application to the lord ordinary.

7. (Mus.) The prolongation of one or more tones of a chord
   into the chord which follows, thus producing a momentary
   discord, suspending the concord which the ear expects. Cf.

{Pleas in suspension} (Law), pleas which temporarily abate or
   suspend a suit.

{Points of suspension} (Mech.), the points, as in the axis or
   beam of a balance, at which the weights act, or from which
   they are suspended.

{Suspension bridge}, a bridge supported by chains, ropes, or
   wires, which usually pass over high piers or columns at
   each end, and are secured in the ground beyond.

{Suspension of arms} (Mil.), a short truce or cessation of
   operations agreed on by the commanders of contending
   armies, as for burying the dead, making proposal for
   surrender or for peace, etc.

{Suspension scale}, a scale in which the platform hangs
   suspended from the weighing apparatus instead of resting
   upon it.

Syn: Delay; interruption; intermission; stop.

Computing Dictionary

In lazy evaluation, a suspension (or in Henderson's terminology, a "recipe") is a closure with a flag indicating whether the expression has been evaluated or not. When the expression is evaluated the first time, this flag is set. Subsequent requests for the value of the expression will not attempt to re-evaluate it.

Legal Dictionary
 Definition: A temporary loss of the right to practice law by an attorney. (See disbarment or censure.)