Definition of suspension noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//səˈspenʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//səˈspenʃn//
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  1. 1[uncountable, countable] the act of officially removing somebody from their job, school, team, etc. for a period of time, usually as a punishment suspension from school The two players are appealing against their suspensions. See related entries: School life, Access to education
  2. 2[uncountable, singular] the act of delaying something for a period of time, until a decision has been taken These events have led to the suspension of talks.
  3. 3[uncountable, countable] the system by which a vehicle is supported on its wheels and which makes it more comfortable to ride in when the road surface is not even the front/rear suspension See related entries: Parts of a car
  4. 4[countable, uncountable] (specialist) a liquid with very small pieces of solid matter floating in it; the state of such a liquid See related entries: Molecules and matter
  5. see also suspend
    Word Originlate Middle English: from French, or from Latin suspensio(n-), from the verb suspendere, from sub- ‘from below’ + pendere ‘hang’.Extra examples Another caution will result in his automatic suspension from the final. He incurred a suspension on reduced pay. He is serving a one-match suspension. He receive a five-day suspension. Many movies require the viewer to engage in a willing suspension of disbelief. The athlete could face a lengthy period of suspension if found guilty. The new model has independent suspension. The new model is fitted with computer-controlled suspension. a detective under suspension from his job a detective under suspension from the Metropolitan Police a five-game suspension for violating the league’s drug policy his suspension from the club The material carried in suspension by the tide is deposited on the shore. The suspension was passed through a filter to separate out the solid particles.
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