suspension

A suspension is a temporary stoppage. If you receive one in school, you temporarily can't attend classes and if the referee gives you one, you have to sit out for the rest of the game.

If there is a suspension of diplomatic relations with another country or a suspension of sales of a product, these things are stopped too. When you are suspended in mid-air, you are hanging above the earth unable to use your feet. Think of floating like this as another sense of suspension. In your car, the suspension system stops the bumps in the road from knocking you around. In science, suspension is when particles that should sink are made buoyant by another substance and float, like bubbles, off the bottom of a vessel.

Definitions of suspension
  1. noun
    the act of suspending something (hanging it from above so it moves freely)
    synonyms: dangling, hanging
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    support, supporting
    the act of bearing the weight of or strengthening
  2. noun
    temporary cessation or suspension
    synonyms: abeyance
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    cold storage
    in a state of abeyance or postponement
    deferral, recess
    a state of abeyance or suspended business
    moratorium
    suspension of an ongoing activity
    stand-down, standdown
    a suspension and relaxation from an alert state or a state of readiness
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    inaction, inactiveness, inactivity
    the state of being inactive
  3. noun
    a temporary debarment (from a privilege or position etc)
    synonyms: temporary removal
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    rustication
    temporary dismissal of a student from a university
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    debarment
    the act of prevention by legal means
  4. noun
    a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something
    synonyms: break, intermission, interruption, pause
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    lapse
    a break or intermission in the occurrence of something
    blackout
    a suspension of radio or tv broadcasting
    caesura
    a pause or interruption (as in a conversation)
    dead air
    an inadvertent interruption in a broadcast during which there is no sound
    delay, hold, postponement, time lag, wait
    time during which some action is awaited
    halftime
    an intermission between the first and second half of a game
    relief, respite, rest, rest period
    a pause for relaxation
    time-out
    a brief suspension of play
    letup, lull
    a pause during which things are calm or activities are diminished
    extension
    a mutually agreed delay in the date set for the completion of a job or payment of a debt
    breath, breather, breathing place, breathing space, breathing spell, breathing time
    a short respite
    moratorium
    a legally authorized postponement before some obligation must be discharged
    retardation
    the extent to which something is delayed or held back
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    interval, time interval
    a definite length of time marked off by two instants
  5. noun
    an interruption in the intensity or amount of something
    synonyms: abatement, hiatus, reprieve, respite
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    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)
    resolution
    the subsidence of swelling or other signs of inflammation (especially in a lung)
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    break, interruption
    some abrupt occurrence that interrupts an ongoing activity
  6. noun
    a mechanical system of springs or shock absorbers connecting the wheels and axles to the chassis of a wheeled vehicle
    synonyms: suspension system
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    mechanical system
    a system of elements that interact on mechanical principles
  7. noun
    a mixture in which fine particles are suspended in a fluid where they are supported by buoyancy
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    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; used in brewing
    vapor, vapour
    a visible suspension in the air of particles of some substance
    sour mash
    a mash with optimum acidity for yeast fermentation; a mixture of old and new mash; used in distilling some whiskeys
    steam
    water at boiling temperature diffused in the atmosphere
    water vapor, water vapour
    water in a vaporous form diffused in the atmosphere but below boiling temperature
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    mixture
    (chemistry) a substance consisting of two or more substances mixed together (not in fixed proportions and not with chemical bonding)
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