See also: Suspension and suspensión




From Late Latin suspensiō, suspensiōnem (arching, vaulting; suspension), from suspendēre, from suspendō (to hang up, to suspend), from sub- (prefix meaning ‘under) + pendere (from pendō (to hang, to suspend), from Proto-Italic *pendō (to hang, to put in a hanging position), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)pénd-e-ti, from *(s)pend- (to pull; to spin).) Compare Anglo-Norman suspensiun, French suspension, Occitan suspensio.



suspension (plural suspensions)

  1. The act of suspending, or the state of being suspended.
    suspension from a hook
  2. A temporary or conditional delay, interruption or discontinuation.
    suspension from school as a disciplinary measure
  3. 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.
  4. The act of keeping a person who is listening in doubt and expectation of what is to follow.
  5. (education) The process of barring a student from school grounds as a form of punishment.
  6. (music) 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.
  7. (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.
  8. (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.
  9. (Scots Law) A stay or postponement of the execution of a sentence, usually by letters of suspension granted on application to the Lord Ordinary.
  10. (vehicles) The system of springs and shock absorbers connected to the wheels in an automobile or car, which allows the vehicle to move smoothly with reduced shock to its occupants.


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  1. Genitive singular form of suspensio.



Borrowing from Latin suspensiō, suspensiōnem.


suspension f (plural suspensions)

  1. suspension (all senses)

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