suspended

Suspended particles seem to float in liquid. You may have seen hand sanitizing gels with tiny suspended dots throughout the clear liquid.

Particles that are suspended seem to hang in a liquid. In fact, Old French and Latin define pendere as "hang." Think of other words you know that are like suspended, such as that word's other definition, "to put off temporarily." A student suspended from school has not been kicked out, but instead is left hanging between periods of enrollment. Then there is pending: a decision that is pending hasn't been made yet, so people wait, hanging on until they know what will happen.

Definitions of suspended
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adj (of undissolved particles in a fluid) supported or kept from sinking or falling by buoyancy and without apparent attachment

suspended matter such as silt or mud...”
“dust particles suspended in the air”
Synonyms:
supported
held up or having the weight borne especially from below

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