• (RP, GA) IPA: /səˈspɛnʃən/


  1. The act of suspending, or the state of being suspended.
    suspension from a hook
  2. A temporary or conditional delay, interruption or discontinuation.
  3. (chemistry) (physics) 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.
    1. Thus a kind of silt or sludge.
  4. The act of keeping a person who is listening in doubt and expectation of what is to follow.
  5. The temporary barring of a person from a workplace, society, etc. pending investigation into alleged misconduct.
  6. (education) The process of bar#Verb|barring a student from school grounds as a form of punishment (particularly out-of-school suspension).
    suspension from school as a disciplinary measure
    • 1979, Irving R[obert] Kaufman, Chief Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, “Thomas v. Board of Education”, in The Federal Reporter. Second Series. Cases Argued and Determined in the Circuit Courts of Appeals and District Courts of the United States and the Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia, with Key-number Annotations, volume 607, St. Paul, Minn.: West Publishing Company, OCLC 891573999, page 1045; reprinted in Michael Imber; Tyll van Geel, “Student Freedom of Expression”, in Education Law, 4th edition, New York, N.Y.; Abingdon, Oxon.: Routledge, 2010, ISBN 978-0-415-99613-6, page 158 ↗:
      […] Donna Thomas, John Tiedeman, David Jones, and Richard Williams, all students in the Granville Junior-Senior High School, conceived a plan in November 1978 to produce a satirical publication addressed to the school community. […] [Assistant Principal Frederick] Reed summoned Tiedeman and discussed with him the "dangers" of publishing material that might offend or hurt others. Specifically, he told Tiedeman that a similar publication several years before had culminated in the suspension of the students involved.
  7. (music) The act of or discord produced by prolonging one or more tone#Noun|tones of a chord into the chord which follows, thus producing a momentary discord, suspending the concord which the ear expects.
  8. (Scotland, law) A stay or postponement of the execution of a sentence, usually by letters of suspension granted on application to the Lord Ordinary.
  9. (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.
  10. (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.
  11. (vehicle) The system of spring#Noun|springs and shock absorbers connected to the wheel#Noun|wheels in an automobile, which allows the vehicle to move smoothly with reduced shock#Noun|shock to its occupants.
Synonyms Translations Translations
  • German: Aussetzung
  • Italian: sospensione
  • Russian: приостановле́ние
  • German: Suspension
  • Russian: взвесь
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