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

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

dangling, hanging
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support, supporting
the act of bearing the weight of or strengthening

n temporary cessation or suspension

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cold storage
in a state of abeyance or postponement
deferral, recess
a state of abeyance or suspended business
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

n a temporary debarment (from a privilege or position etc)

temporary removal
temporary dismissal of a student from a university
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the act of prevention by legal means

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

break, intermission, interruption, pause
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a break or intermission in the occurrence of something
a suspension of radio or tv broadcasting
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
an intermission between the first and second half of a game
relief, respite, rest, rest period
a pause for relaxation
a brief suspension of play
letup, lull
a pause during which things are calm or activities are diminished
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
a legally authorized postponement before some obligation must be discharged
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

n an interruption in the intensity or amount of something

abatement, hiatus, reprieve, respite
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)
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

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

suspension system
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mechanical system
a system of elements that interact on mechanical principles

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

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a suspension of insoluble particles (as plaster of Paris or lime or clay etc.) usually in water
a renewed suspension of insoluble particles after they have been precipitated
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
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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(chemistry) a substance consisting of two or more substances mixed together (not in fixed proportions and not with chemical bonding)

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