hanging vs suspension what difference

what is difference between hanging and suspension



  • IPA(key): /ˈhæŋɪŋ/
  • Rhymes: -æŋɪŋ

Etymology 1

See the etymology of the corresponding lemma form.



  1. present participle of hang


hanging (not comparable)

  1. Suspended.
    The hanging vines made the house look older than it was.
  2. (chess, of a piece) Unprotected and exposed to capture.
  3. (baseball, slang, of an off-speed pitch) Hittable; poorly executed by the pitcher, hence relatively easy to hit.
  4. (Britain, slang, of a person) Ugly; very unattractive.
    • 2007, Summer Scars (film screenplay)
      MUGSEY: Yeah. You fancy ‘im don’ you.
      LEANNE: No I don’t. Shut yer mouth.
      MUGSEY: Your mum said he’s gonna end up just like his dad.
      LEANNE: She don’ even know Bingo. Anyway, I don’t fancy ‘im, ‘e’s hanging.
Derived terms

Etymology 2

From Middle English hangynge, honginge, equivalent to hang +‎ -ing. Compare Old English hengen (hanging) and hōhing (hanging).


hanging (countable and uncountable, plural hangings)

  1. (uncountable) The act of hanging a person (or oneself) by the neck in order to kill that person (or to commit suicide).
    Hanging is the punishment for one convicted of war crimes, there.
  2. (countable) A sometimes-public event at which a person is hanged.
    The hanging of the bandits was attended by the whole village.
  3. (countable) Anything that is hung as a decorative element (such as curtains, gobelins or posters).
    The various hangings on that Christmas tree look nice.
  4. (uncountable) The way in which hangings (decorations) are arranged.
    I dislike the cramped hanging in the gallery of 18th century painters.
  • (execution): a quick drop and a sudden stop, Abraham’s balsam, hempen elixir, necktie party
Derived terms
  • wall hanging
See also
  • portière, portiere



From Late Latin suspensiō, suspensiōnem (arching, vaulting; suspension), from suspendēre, from suspendō (to hang up, to suspend), from sub- (prefix meaning ‘under’) + pendere (from pendō (to hang, to suspend), from Proto-Italic *pendō (to hang, to put in a hanging position), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)pénd-e-ti, from *(s)pend- (to pull; to spin)). Compare Anglo-Norman suspensiun, French suspension, Occitan suspensio.


  • (Received Pronunciation, General American) IPA(key): /səˈspɛnʃən/
  • Hyphenation: sus‧pen‧sion


suspension (countable and uncountable, plural suspensions)

  1. The act of suspending, or the state of being suspended.
  2. A temporary or conditional delay, interruption or discontinuation.
  3. (chemistry, physics) The state of a solid or substance produced when its particles are mixed with, but not dissolved in, a fluid, and are capable of separation by straining.
  4. Thus a kind of silt or sludge.
  5. The act of keeping a person who is listening in doubt and expectation of what is to follow.
  6. The temporary barring of a person from a workplace, society, etc. pending investigation into alleged misconduct.
  7. (education) The process of barring a student from school grounds as a form of punishment (particularly out-of-school suspension).
    • 1979, Irving R[obert] Kaufman, Chief Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, “Thomas v. Board of Education”, in The Federal Reporter. Second Series. Cases Argued and Determined in the Circuit Courts of Appeals and District Courts of the United States and the Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia, with Key-number Annotations, volume 607, St. Paul, Minn.: West Publishing Company, →OCLC, page 1045; reprinted in Michael Imber; Tyll van Geel, “Student Freedom of Expression”, in Education Law, 4th edition, New York, N.Y.; Abingdon, Oxon.: Routledge, 2010, →ISBN, page 158:
      [] Donna Thomas, John Tiedeman, David Jones, and Richard Williams, all students in the Granville Junior-Senior High School, conceived a plan in November 1978 to produce a satirical publication addressed to the school community. [] [Assistant Principal Frederick] Reed summoned Tiedeman and discussed with him the “dangers” of publishing material that might offend or hurt others. Specifically, he told Tiedeman that a similar publication several years before had culminated in the suspension of the students involved.
  8. (music) The act of or discord produced by prolonging one or more tones of a chord into the chord which follows, thus producing a momentary discord, suspending the concord which the ear expects.
  9. (Scotland, law) A stay or postponement of the execution of a sentence, usually by letters of suspension granted on application to the Lord Ordinary.
  10. (topology) A topological space derived from another by taking the product of the original space with an interval and collapsing each end of the product to a point.
  11. (topology) A function derived, in a standard way, from another, such that the instant function’s domain and codomain are suspensions of the original function’s.
  12. (vehicles) The system of springs and shock absorbers connected to the wheels in an automobile, which allows the vehicle to move smoothly with reduced shock to its occupants.


  • (education): out-of-school suspension
  • (temporary or conditional delay): halt, intermission, interruption, stop; see also Thesaurus:pause
  • (music): syncope

Derived terms

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Further reading

  • suspension on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • suspension (chemistry) on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • suspension (music) on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • suspension (punishment) on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • suspension (topology) on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • suspension (vehicle) on Wikipedia.Wikipedia




  1. genitive singular of suspensio



Borrowed from Latin suspensiō, suspensiōnem.


  • IPA(key): /sys.pɑ̃.sjɔ̃/


suspension f (plural suspensions)

  1. suspension (all senses)

Derived terms

  • points de suspension

Related terms

  • suspendre

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