[suh-spen-shuh n] /səˈspɛn ʃən/
the act of suspending.
the state of being suspended.
temporary abrogation or withholding, as of a law, privilege, decision, belief, etc.
stoppage of payment of debts or claims because of financial inability or insolvency.
Physical Chemistry. a system consisting of small particles kept dispersed by agitation (mechanical suspension) or by the molecular motion in the surrounding medium (colloidal suspension)
something on or by which something else is suspended or hung.
something that is suspended or hung.
Also called suspension system. the arrangement of springs, shock absorbers, hangers, etc., in an automobile, railway car, etc., connecting the wheel-suspension units or axles to the chassis frame.
Electricity. a wire, filament, or group of wires by which the conducting part of an instrument or device is suspended.
Rhetoric. the heightening of interest by delay of the main subject or clause, especially by means of a series of parallel preceding elements.
an interruption or temporary revocation: the suspension of a law
a temporary debarment, as from position, privilege, etc
a deferment, esp of a decision, judgment, etc
cessation of payment of business debts, esp as a result of insolvency
the act of suspending or the state of being suspended
a system of springs, shock absorbers, etc, that supports the body of a wheeled or tracked vehicle and insulates it and its occupants from shocks transmitted by the wheels See also hydraulic suspension
a device or structure, usually a wire or spring, that serves to suspend or support something, such as the pendulum of a clock
(chem) a dispersion of fine solid or liquid particles in a fluid, the particles being supported by buoyancy See also colloid
the process by which eroded particles of rock are transported in a river
(music) one or more notes of a chord that are prolonged until a subsequent chord is sounded, usually to form a dissonance
early 15c., “temporary halting or deprivation,” from Latin suspensionem (nominative suspensio) “the act or state of hanging up, a vaulting,” from past participle stem of suspendere “to hang” (see suspend).
A semblance of truth sufficient to procure for these shadows of imagination that willing suspension of disbelief for the moment, which constitutes poetic faith. [Coleridge, “Biographia Literaria,” 1817]
Meaning “action of hanging by a support from above” is attested from 1540s. Suspension bridge first recorded 1821.
suspension sus·pen·sion (sə-spěn’shən)
A mixture in which small particles of a substance are dispersed throughout a gas or liquid. If a suspension is left undisturbed, the particles are likely to settle to the bottom. The particles in a suspension are larger than those in either a colloid or a solution. Muddy water is an example of a suspension. Compare colloid, solution.
[swim] /swɪm/ verb (used without object), swam, swum, swimming. 1. to move in water by movements of the limbs, fins, tail, etc. 2. to float on the surface of water or some other liquid. 3. to move, rest, or be suspended in air as if swimming in water. 4. to move, glide, or go smoothly […]
[non-si-lab-ik] /ˌnɒn sɪˈlæb ɪk/ adjective, (of a speech sound) 1. not forming a syllable or the nucleus of a syllable.
[sim-bee-ot-ik, -bahy-] /ˌsɪm biˈɒt ɪk, -baɪ-/ adjective 1. living in , or having an interdependent relationship: Many people feel the relationship between humans and dogs is symbiotic. adj. 1882, in biology, from symbiosis. Of human activities, from 1951. symbiotic sym·bi·ot·ic (sĭm’bē-ŏt’ĭk, -bī-) adj. Of, resembling, or relating to symbiosis.
/ˌnɒnsɪˈmɛtrɪk/ adjective 1. (logic, maths) (of a relation) not symmetric, asymmetric, or antisymmetric; holding between some pairs of arguments x and y and failing to hold for some other pairs when it holds between y and x