Definition for mechanical suspension (2 of 2)
- the state in which the particles of a substance are mixed with a fluid but are undissolved.
- a substance in such a state.
- the prolongation of a tone in one chord into the following chord, usually producing a temporary dissonance.
- the tone so prolonged.
Origin of suspension
British Dictionary definitions for mechanical suspension
- a postponement of execution of a sentence or the deferring of a judgment, etc
- a temporary extinguishment of a right or title
Word Origin and History for mechanical suspension
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.