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SUSPENSION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does suspension mean? 

SUSPENSION (noun)
  The noun SUSPENSION has 7 senses:

1. a mixture in which fine particles are suspended in a fluid where they are supported by buoyancy
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)
7. a temporary debarment (from a privilege or position etc)

  Familiarity information: SUSPENSION used as a noun is common.


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SUSPENSION (noun)


Sense 1suspension [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A mixture in which fine particles are suspended in a fluid where they are supported by buoyancy

Classified under:

Nouns denoting substances

Hypernyms ("suspension" is a kind of...):

mixture ((chemistry) a substance consisting of two or more substances mixed together (not in fixed proportions and not with chemical bonding))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "suspension"):

vapor; vapour (a visible suspension in the air of particles of some substance)

mash (a mixture of mashed malt grains and hot water; used in brewing)

resuspension (a renewed suspension of insoluble particles after they have been precipitated)

slurry (a suspension of insoluble particles (as plaster of Paris or lime or clay etc.) usually in water)


Sense 2suspension [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting time and temporal relations

Synonyms:

pause; intermission; suspension; interruption; break

Hypernyms ("suspension" is a kind of...):

interval; time interval (a definite length of time marked off by two instants)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "suspension"):

time-out (a brief suspension of play)

relief; respite; rest; rest period (a pause for relaxation)

halftime (an intermission between the first and second half of a game)

delay; hold; postponement; time lag; wait (time during which some action is awaited)

dead air (an inadvertent interruption in a broadcast during which there is no sound)

caesura (a pause or interruption (as in a conversation))

blackout (a suspension of radio or tv broadcasting)

lapse (a break or intermission in the occurrence of something)

letup; lull (a pause during which things are calm or activities are diminished)


Sense 3suspension [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Temporary cessation or suspension

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

abeyance; suspension

Hypernyms ("suspension" is a kind of...):

inaction; inactiveness; inactivity (the state of being inactive)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "suspension"):

stand-down; standdown (a suspension and relaxation from an alert state or a state of readiness)

moratorium (suspension of an ongoing activity)

deferral; recess (a state of abeyance or suspended business)

cold storage (in a state of abeyance or postponement)


Sense 4suspension [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An interruption in the intensity or amount of something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

abatement; hiatus; reprieve; respite; suspension

Hypernyms ("suspension" is a kind of...):

break; interruption (some abrupt occurrence that interrupts an ongoing activity)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "suspension"):

defervescence (abatement of a fever as indicated by a reduction in body temperature)

remission; remittal; subsidence (an abatement in intensity or degree (as in the manifestations of a disease))


Sense 5suspension [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A mechanical system of springs or shock absorbers connecting the wheels and axles to the chassis of a wheeled vehicle

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

suspension system; suspension

Hypernyms ("suspension" is a kind of...):

mechanical system (a system of elements that interact on mechanical principles)

Meronyms (parts of "suspension"):

cushion; shock; shock absorber (a mechanical damper; absorbs energy of sudden impulses)

Holonyms ("suspension" is a part of...):

car; railcar; railroad car; railway car (a wheeled vehicle adapted to the rails of railroad)

automotive vehicle; motor vehicle (a self-propelled wheeled vehicle that does not run on rails)


Sense 6suspension [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of suspending something (hanging it from above so it moves freely)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

dangling; hanging; suspension

Context example:

there was a small ceremony for the hanging of the portrait

Hypernyms ("suspension" is a kind of...):

support; supporting (the act of bearing the weight of or strengthening)


Sense 7suspension [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A temporary debarment (from a privilege or position etc)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

temporary removal; suspension

Hypernyms ("suspension" is a kind of...):

debarment (the act of prevention by legal means)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "suspension"):

rustication (temporary dismissal of a student from a university)


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