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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun suspension:


Suspension is a member of the word family suspend, included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the noun suspension

What does suspension mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: suspensions

  1. a mixture in which fine particles are suspended in a fluid where they are supported by buoyancy
    • lexical domain: Substances - nouns denoting substances
    • more generic word: mixture = a substance consisting of two or more substances mixed together
    • more specific words:
      • slurry = a suspension of insoluble particles (as plaster of Paris or lime or clay etc.) usually in water
      • resuspension = a renewed suspension of insoluble particles after they have been precipitated
      • mash = a mixture of mashed malt grains and hot water
      • vapour / vapor = a visible suspension in the air of particles of some substance
  2. a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something
  3. temporary cessation or suspension
  4. an interruption in the intensity or amount of something
  5. a mechanical system of springs or shock absorbers connecting the wheels and axles to the chassis of a wheeled vehicle
  6. the act of suspending something (hanging it from above so it moves freely)
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonyms of suspension: dangling / hanging
    • more generic words: support / supporting = the act of bearing the weight of or strengthening
  7. a temporary debarment (from a privilege or position etc)
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of suspension: temporary removal
    • more generic word: debarment = the act of prevention by legal means
    • more specific word: rustication = temporary dismissal of a student from a university

Alternative definition of the noun suspension


  1. The act of suspending, or the state of being suspended
  2. A temporary delay, interruption, or cessation; Of labor, study, pain, etc.; Of decision, determination, judgment, etc.; Of judgment or opinion in view of evidence to be produced.; Of the payment of what is due; as, the suspension of a mercantile firm or of a bank.; Of punishment, or sentence of punishment.; Of a person in respect of the exercise of his office, powers, prerogative, etc.; as, the suspension of a student or of a clergyman.; 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 not dissolved in, a fluid, and are capable of separation by straining; also, any substance in this state.
  5. 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.
  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. [music] 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; the discord so produced. Compare retardation.
  8. [topology] 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.
  9. [topology] 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.

Specialised definition of the noun suspension

Glossary of sports

penalty imposed by a sport federation or sport club (disciplinary measure) against an individual athlete, a team, or a club in the form of exclusion from competition for a certain time period. A suspension can be imposed as a consequence of unsportsmanlike behaviour, doping, or change of clubs, or changing the country of residence without complying with the requirements of the responsible sport federation. In the case of doping a suspension can be permanently imposed. (Herbert Haag & Gerald Haag. 2003. Dictionary. Sport, Physical Education, Sport Science. Kiel, Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaften)

Glossary of sports / cycling

a system that absorbs shock on mountain bikes and some road bikes

Glossary of sports / soccer

the temporary barring of a player from competitive football (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)


"Suspension" a.k.a. "Suspended": Suspended: A Cryogenic Nightmare is an interactive fiction video game written by Michael Berlyn and published by Infocom in 1983. Like most Infocom titles, it was available on most popular personal computers of the day, such as the Apple II, PC, Atari ST, and Commodore 64. It was Infocom's sixth game.


  1. "Suspension" is a 2008 American science-fiction film directed by Alec Joler and Ethan Shaftel. It won the 2007 Spirit of the Independent Award for Best Science Fiction Film.
  2. "Suspension" is a 2008 short film written and directed by Nicolas Provost.
  3. "Suspension" is a 2008 short film directed by Vanessa O'Neill.
  4. "Suspension" is a 1999 short film directed by David Phillips and Paul Rowley.


"Suspension" is a book written by Robert Westfield.

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  1. "Suspension" is a musical album of Oren Ambarchi.
    • released on (14 years ago)
  2. "Suspension" a.k.a. "Suspensión" is a composition.
  3. "Suspension" is a musical EP of Silvum.
    • released in (8 years ago)
  4. "Suspension" is a musical album of Travis Larson Band.
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  1. Suspension is a form of punishment that people receive for violating rules and regulations.
  2. Suspension: A motorcycle's suspension serves a dual purpose: contributing to the vehicle's handling and braking, and providing safety and comfort by keeping the vehicle's passengers comfortably isolated from road noise, bumps and vibrations.
  3. Suspension: A suspension is the act of suspending a human body from hooks that have been put through body piercings. These piercings are temporary and are performed just prior to the actual suspension.
  4. Suspension: In topology, the suspension SX of a topological space X is the quotient space: of the product of X with the unit interval I = [0, 1]. Intuitively, we make X into a cylinder and collapse both ends to two points. One views X as "suspended" between the end points. One can also view the suspension as two cones on X glued together at their base.
  5. Suspension, in canon law, according to Roman Catholic doctrine and practice, is usually defined as a censure or punishment, by which a priest or cleric is deprived, entirely or partially, of the use of the power of orders, office, or benefice.
  6. Suspension is a construction passing from a map to a flow. Namely, let be a metric space, be a continuous map and be a function bounded away from 0.
  7. Suspension: A mixture in which fine particles are suspended in a fluid where they are supported by buoyancy.

Phrases with Suspension

Phrases starting with the word Suspension:

  1. suspension point
  2. suspension bridge
  3. suspension system
  4. Suspension Of Disbelief

Phrases ending with the word Suspension:

  1. 4-3 Suspension
  2. Air suspension
  3. colloidal suspension

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Suspension

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Google previewThe Canadian Patent Office Record Vol.XXXII No.7 (1904)

An ap ratus for moulding tiles, comprising a sectional mould suspend d or rotation and provided with an automatically releasable front wallvadapted to an port the moulded tile, and a rotatable suspension means connecte with the mould and ...

Google previewThe Canadian Patent Office Record and Register of Copyrights and Trade Marks (1904)

An ap aratus for moulding tiles, comprising a sectional mould suspend d or rotation and provided with an automatically releasable front wall adapted to su port the moulded tile, and a rotatable suspension means connected) with the mould and ...

Google previewMaryland School Law Deskbook, 2015-2016 School Year Edition (2015)

by Stephen C. Bounds, John R. Woolums, Judith S. Bresler, Rochelle S. Eisenberg, Edmund J. O'Meally

A suspension is the removal of a student from the school setting on either a shortterm (1 to 3 day), longterm (410 day),

defines various suspensions including: 13A.08.01.11B(3), Extended suspension means the temporary exclusion of a ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Educational Leadership and Administration (2006)

by Fenwick W. English

Suspension is a mandated leave given to a student that prohibits the student from attending school. In-school suspension is...

Google previewSkin Care: Beyond the Basics (2011)

by Mark Lees

A suspension is a liquid solution in which the internal and external phases do not stay mixed for any period of time. We have talked here about lotions only. Many types of cosmetic emulsions are not lotions and contain other components ...

Google previewTherapy in Sleep Medicine (2011)

by Teri J. Barkoukis, Jean K. Matheson, Richard Ferber, Karl Doghramji

Tongue base suspension is a minimally invasive technique that seeks to prevent this from occurring by means of a submucosal suture looped through the base of the tongue and anchored to a screw placed along the lingual surface of the ...

Google previewENCYCLOPAEDIA BRITANNICA; Or, A DICTIONARY of Arts and Sciences, Compiled Upon a New Plan. In Wich the Different Science and Arts are Digested Into Distinct Treatises Or Systems; and The Various Technical Terms, ... are Explained as They Occur in the Order of the Alphabet. Illustrated with One Hundred and Sixty Copperplates, by a Society of Gentlemen in Scotland. IN THREE VOLUMES. Edinburgh: Printed for A. Bell and C. Macfarquhar; and Fold by Colin Macfarquhar, at this Printing-office, Nicolson Street. M.D.CC.LXXI. (1771)

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Suspension is that form of law by which the effect of a sentence condemnatory, that has not yet received execucution, is stayed or postponed, till the cause be again considered. The first step towards suspension is a bill preferred to the Lord ...

Google previewElectrorheological Fluids (2011)

The Non-aqueous Suspensions by Tian Hao

suspensions. and. electrorheological. fluids. 1. COLLOIDAL SUSPENSIONS A suspension is a liquid-like soft material in which solid particles are dispersed in a liquid [1]. If the dispersed particles are in the size range below ...

Google previewX-Ray Differential Diagnosis in Small Bowel Disease (2012)

A Practical Approach by J.L. Sellink

Barium suspension is the contrast medium of choice here but Dionosil aquosum is possible. 5. Marshak's technique In very exceptional cases administration of contrast medium by drinking is unavoidable. The patient is here given 1 litre ...

Google previewA Journal of Natural Philosophy, Chemistry and the Arts (1810)

by William Nicholson

The centre of gravity of the boat being more or less below the centre of suspension is an additional cause of its stability. , Fflect of a pa. Let us now examine the effect of a parachute represented rachute, as commonly isiade, by AB, Fig. 1, Pl. III.

Google previewGreen's Encyclopaedia of the Law of Scotland (1899)

by John Chisholm

Suspension can also be brought of decrees in absence pronounced in other inferior Courts. If, however, the action be for a sum not exceeding £12, the Lord Ordinary refuses the suspension, and, provided the suspender consign the expenses, ...

Google previewThe Routledge International Encyclopedia of Education (2013)

by Gary McCulloch, David Crook

school, sometimes called in-school suspension or 'time-out' usually requires the child to spend a set period of time in an isolated setting within the school. The child is required to complete work set by the school and is supervised by one of the ...

Google previewElsevier's Dictionary of Vitamins and Pharmacochemistry (2006)

by Henry Philippsborn

d gärungsempfindlich f fermentescible p fermentescível; fermentescente 6105 suspension as a retard form by parenteral route (Prod.) (Pharmaceutic technology.) d Suspension fals verzögerte Freigabeform auf parenteralem Wege f ...

Google previewThe Kingfisher Science Encyclopedia (2000)

by Charles Taylor

Suspension of solid in liquid Filtrate Filtration catches insoluble solids in a filter paper. A clear solution passes into the flask below the funnel. Vapor △ Blood contains red and white blood cells in a. Many solutions consist of a soluble solid ...

Google previewConcise Encyclopedia of Composite Materials (1989)

by Anthony Kelly

A simple example of this principle is demonstrated by the prototype composite integrated rear suspension for a Ford Escort (Morris 1986). The basic steel rear suspension and the replacement FRP integrated suspension are shown in Fig. 3.

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis; or, Universal dictionary of Knowledge (1806)

by Encyclopaedia Perthensis

Suspension is that form of law by which the effect of a sentence condemnatory, that has not yet received execution, is stayed or postponed till the cause be again considered. The first step towards suspension is a bill preferred to tie lord ...

Google previewElectric railway dictionary (1911)

definitions and illustrations of the parts and equipment of electric railway cars and trucks by Rodney Hitt, American Transit Association

See Motor Suspension. Motor Nose Strap. A strap bolted to the truck transom and surrounding the motor nose to prevent it from lifting off of its seat. Motor Suspension. The method of supporting a railway motor on the truck. The motor frame is ...

Google previewThe Pesticide Encyclopedia (2014)

by Kalyani Paranjape, Vasant Gowariker, V N Krishnamurthy, Sugha Gowariker

Code Details AD Aerosol dispenser CS Capsule suspension DC Dispersible concentrate DL Driftless formulations DP Dustable powder DS Powder for dry seed treatment DT Tablet for direct application EC Emulsifiable concentrate EG ...

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Quotes about Suspension

That willing suspension of disbelief for the moment, which constitutes poetic faith. (Samuel Taylor Coleridge)
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Scrabble value of S1U1S1P3E1N1S1I1O1N1

The value of this 10-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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