from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act of suspending or the condition of being suspended, especially:
- n. A temporary abrogation or cessation, as of a law or rule.
- n. A temporary debarment, as from school or a privilege, especially as a punishment.
- n. A postponement, as of a judgment, opinion, or decision. See Synonyms at pause.
- n. Music The prolongation of one or more tones of a chord into a following chord to create a temporary dissonance.
- n. Music The tone so prolonged.
- n. A device from which a mechanical part is suspended.
- n. The system of springs and other devices that insulates the chassis of a vehicle from shocks transmitted through the wheels.
- n. Chemistry A system in which microscopically visible particles are dispersed throughout a less dense liquid or gas from which they are easily filtered but not easily settled because of system viscocity or molecular interactions.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The act of suspending, or the state of being suspended.
- n. A temporary or conditional delay, interruption or discontinuation.
- n. The state of a solid or substance produced when its particles are mixed with, but not dissolved in, a fluid, and are capable of separation by straining.
- n. The act of keeping a person who is listening in doubt and expectation of what is to follow.
- n. The system of springs and shock absorbers connected to the wheels in an automobile or car, which allow the vehicle to move smoothly with reduced shock to its occupants.
- n. A stay or postponement of the execution of a sentence, usually by letters of suspension granted on application to the lord ordinary.
- n. The act of or discord produced by prolonging one or more tones of a chord into the chord which follows, thus producing a momentary discord, suspending the concord which the ear expects.
- n. A topological space derived from another by taking the product of the original space with an interval and collapsing each end of the product to a point.
- n. A function derived, in a standard way, from another, such that the instant function's domain and codomain are suspensions of the original function's.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of suspending, or the state of being suspended; pendency.
- n. Especially, temporary delay, interruption, or cessation.
- n. Of labor, study, pain, etc.
- n. Of decision, determination, judgment, etc..
- n. Of the payment of what is due.
- n. Of punishment, or sentence of punishment.
- n. Of a person in respect of the exercise of his office, powers, prerogative, etc..
- n. Of the action or execution of law, etc..
- n. A conditional withholding, interruption, or delay.
- n. 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.
- n. 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 employed.
- n. A stay or postponement of execution of a sentence condemnatory by means of letters of suspension granted on application to the lord ordinary.
- n. 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. Retardation.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of suspending, or the state of being suspended; the act or state of hanging from a support; hence, the state of being held up or kept in any way from falling or sinking, as in a liquid.
- n. The act of suspending, or delaying, interrupting, ceasing, or stopping for a time; the state of being delayed, interrupted, etc.
- n. The act of refraining from decision, determination, sentence, execution, or the like: as, a suspension of judgment or opinion.
- n. The act of causing the operation or effect of something to cease for a time: as, the suspension of the Habeas Corpus Act.
- n. The act of ceasing to pay debts or claims on account of financial inability; business failure: as, the suspension of a bank or commercial house.
- n. Temporary deprivation of office, power, prerogative, or any other privilege: as, the suspension of an officer or of a clergyman.
- n. In law: The temporary stop of a man's right, as when a seigniory, rent, or other profit out of land lies dormant for a time, by reason of the unity of possession of the seigniory, rent, etc., and of the land out of which they issue.
- n. In Scots law, a process in the supreme civil or criminal court by which execution or diligence on a sentence or decree is stayed until the judgment of the supreme court is obtained on the point.
- n. That which is suspended or hung up, or that which is held up, as in a liquid.
- n. The act of keeping a person in suspense or doubt.
- n. In music: The act, process, or result of prolonging or sustaining a tone in one chord into a following chord, in which at first it is a dissonance, but into which it is immediately merged by a conjunct progression upward or downward.
- n. The tone thus suspended.
- n. In a vehicle, any method of supporting the body clear of the axles, as by springs, side-bars, or straps.
- n. Bankruptcy, etc. See failure.
- n. A fluid, containing bacteria or other cells, distributed in a more or loss even manner.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a mixture in which fine particles are suspended in a fluid where they are supported by buoyancy
- n. the act of suspending something (hanging it from above so it moves freely)
- n. a mechanical system of springs or shock absorbers connecting the wheels and axles to the chassis of a wheeled vehicle
- n. an interruption in the intensity or amount of something
- n. a temporary debarment (from a privilege or position etc)
- n. temporary cessation or suspension
- n. a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something
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It's a phrase we take for granted now, but the term "suspension of disbelief" was coined by the Romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge 1772-1834.
Now, in the absence of any other information, what is implicit in the word "suspension?"
So the Blackbeard West well, which we had set pipe on, and we're awaiting information from Blackbeard East and Blackbeard West, 188 that big 25,000 units being held by production, or what we call suspension of production, and this well was significant because it satisfied the requirement of the BOEM to hold that 25 down there.
"I've instructed Michael not to be on air while we make further investigations," Mott said, unwilling to use the word "suspension".
More recently, after reports surfaced that Mathieu, running back Spencer Ware and cornerback Tharold Simon would be suspended for L.S.U.'s game against Auburn, Miles batted away the word "suspension" in a way that was almost Clintonian.
No way would he get any kind of suspension because intent would not be provable thus a long term suspension would not be possible.
The school's code of conduct doesn't list sexual harassment, but does mention possession of any gun, rifle, pistol, firearm, prohibited substance or assault of a school employee as grounds for long-term suspension.
Michael Boley was signed to solidify the weakside post, but he recently had hip surgery and incurred a one-game suspension from the league.
The European Union lifted diplomatic sanctions, and Cuba's suspension from the Organization of American States has been ended as well.
A long-term suspension or lifetime bar may apply for more serious offenses, such as forging customers' signatures or felony convictions.