American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The condition of being physically suspended.
- n. The state or quality of being undecided, uncertain, or doubtful.
- n. Pleasurable excitement and anticipation regarding an outcome, such as the ending of a mystery novel.
- n. Anxiety or apprehension resulting from an uncertain, undecided, or mysterious situation.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To suspend.
- Held or lifted up; suspended.
- Held in doubt or expectation; also, expressing or proceeding from suspense or doubt.
- n. The state of being suspended; specifically, the state of having the mind or thoughts suspended; especially, a state of uncertainty, usually with more or less apprehension or anxiety; indetermination; indecision.
- n. Cessation for a time; stop.
- n. Suspension; a holding in an undetermined state.
- n. In law, suspension; a temporary cessation of a man's right, as when the rent or other profits of land cease by unity of possession of land and rent.
- n. the condition of being suspended
- n. the pleasurable emotion of anticipation and excitement regarding the outcome or climax of a book, film etc
- n. the unpleasant emotion of anxiety or apprehension in an uncertain situation
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. obsolete Held or lifted up; held or prevented from proceeding.
- adj. obsolete Expressing, or proceeding from, suspense or doubt.
- n. The state of being suspended; specifically, a state of uncertainty and expectation, with anxiety or apprehension; indetermination; indecision.
- n. Cessation for a time; stop; pause.
- n. (Law) A temporary cessation of one's right; suspension, as when the rent or other profits of land cease by unity of possession of land and rent.
- n. apprehension about what is going to happen
- n. excited anticipation of an approaching climax
- n. an uncertain cognitive state
- From Anglo-Norman suspens as in en suspens, from Old French suspens. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French suspens, from Latin suspēnsus, past participle of suspendere, to suspend; see suspend. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“The slow burn suspense is one of the highlights of the film.”
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