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Meaning of SUSPENSE

Pronunciation:  su'spens

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an uncertain cognitive state; "the matter remained in suspense for several years"
  2. [n]  excited anticipation of an approaching climax; "the play kept the audience in suspense"
  3. [n]  apprehension about what is going to happen

SUSPENSE is a 8 letter word that starts with S.


 See Also: anticipation, apprehension, apprehensiveness, doubt, doubtfulness, dread, dubiety, dubiousness, expectancy, incertitude, uncertainty



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Sus*pense"\, a. [F. suspens, L. suspensus, p. p. of
    suspendere. See {Suspend}.]
    1. Held or lifted up; held or prevented from proceeding.
             [The great light of day] suspense in heaven.
    2. Expressing, or proceeding from, suspense or doubt. [Obs.]
       ``Expectation held his look suspense.'' --Milton.
  2. \Sus*pense"\, n. [From F. suspens, a. See {Suspense},
    1. The state of being suspended; specifically, a state of
       uncertainty and expectation, with anxiety or apprehension;
       indetermination; indecision; as, the suspense of a person
       waiting for the verdict of a jury.
             Ten days the prophet in suspense remained. --Denham.
             Upon the ticklish balance of suspense. --Cowper.
    2. Cessation for a time; stop; pause.
             A cool suspense from pleasure and from pain. --Pope.
    3. [Cf. F. suspense.] (Law) A temporary cessation of one's
       right; suspension, as when the rent or other profits of
       land cease by unity of possession of land and rent.
    {Suspense account} (Bookkeeping), an account in which
       receipts or disbursements are temporarily entered until
       their proper position in the books is determined.