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 for Suspension bridge
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Suspension \Sus*pen"sion\, n. [Cf. F. suspension, L. suspensio
     arched work, imperfect pronunciation. See Suspend.]
     1. The act of suspending, or the state of being suspended;
        pendency; as, suspension from a hook.
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     2. Especially, temporary delay, interruption, or cessation;
        (a) Of labor, study, pain, etc.
        (b) Of decision, determination, judgment, etc.; as, to ask
            a suspension of judgment or opinion in view of
            evidence to be produced.
        (c) Of the payment of what is due; as, the suspension of a
            mercantile firm or of a bank.
        (d) Of punishment, or sentence of punishment.
        (e) Of a person in respect of the exercise of his office,
            powers, prerogative, etc.; as, the suspension of a
            student or of a clergyman.
        (f) Of the action or execution of law, etc.; as, the
            suspension of the habeas corpus act.
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     3. A conditional withholding, interruption, or delay; as, the
        suspension of a payment on the performance of a condition.
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     4. The state of a solid when its particles are mixed with,
        but undissolved in, a fluid, and are capable of separation
        by straining; also, any substance in this state.
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     5. (Rhet.) A keeping of the hearer in doubt and in attentive
        expectation of what is to follow, or of what is to be the
        inference or conclusion from the arguments or observations
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     6. (Scots Law) A stay or postponement of execution of a
        sentence condemnatory by means of letters of suspension
        granted on application to the lord ordinary.
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     7. (Mus.) The prolongation of one or more tones of a chord
        into the chord which follows, thus producing a momentary
        discord, suspending the concord which the ear expects. Cf.
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     Pleas in suspension (Law), pleas which temporarily abate or
        suspend a suit.
     Points of suspension (Mech.), the points, as in the axis or
        beam of a balance, at which the weights act, or from which
        they are suspended.
     Suspension bridge, a bridge supported by chains, ropes, or
        wires, which usually pass over high piers or columns at
        each end, and are secured in the ground beyond.
     Suspension of arms (Mil.), a short truce or cessation of
        operations agreed on by the commanders of contending
        armies, as for burying the dead, making proposal for
        surrender or for peace, etc.
     Suspension scale, a scale in which the platform hangs
        suspended from the weighing apparatus instead of resting
        upon it.
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     Syn: Delay; interruption; intermission; stop.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bridge \Bridge\ (br[i^]j), n. [OE. brig, brigge, brug, brugge,
     AS. brycg, bricg; akin to Fries. bregge, D. brug, OHG.
     brucca, G. br["u]cke, Icel. bryggja pier, bridge, Sw. brygga,
     Dan. brygge, and prob. Icel. br[=u] bridge, Sw. & Dan. bro
     bridge, pavement, and possibly to E. brow.]
     1. A structure, usually of wood, stone, brick, or iron,
        erected over a river or other water course, or over a
        chasm, railroad, etc., to make a passageway from one bank
        to the other.
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     2. Anything supported at the ends, which serves to keep some
        other thing from resting upon the object spanned, as in
        engraving, watchmaking, etc., or which forms a platform or
        staging over which something passes or is conveyed.
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     3. (Mus.) The small arch or bar at right angles to the
        strings of a violin, guitar, etc., serving of raise them
        and transmit their vibrations to the body of the
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     4. (Elec.) A device to measure the resistance of a wire or
        other conductor forming part of an electric circuit.
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     5. A low wall or vertical partition in the fire chamber of a
        furnace, for deflecting flame, etc.; -- usually called a
        bridge wall.
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     Aqueduct bridge. See Aqueduct.
     Asses' bridge, Bascule bridge, Bateau bridge. See under
        Ass, Bascule, Bateau.
     Bridge of a steamer (Naut.), a narrow platform across the
        deck, above the rail, for the convenience of the officer
        in charge of the ship; in paddlewheel vessels it connects
        the paddle boxes.
     Bridge of the nose, the upper, bony part of the nose.
     Cantalever bridge. See under Cantalever.
     Draw bridge. See Drawbridge.
     Flying bridge, a temporary bridge suspended or floating, as
        for the passage of armies; also, a floating structure
        connected by a cable with an anchor or pier up stream, and
        made to pass from bank to bank by the action of the
        current or other means.
     Girder bridge or Truss bridge, a bridge formed by
        girders, or by trusses resting upon abutments or piers.
     Lattice bridge, a bridge formed by lattice girders.
     Pontoon bridge, Ponton bridge. See under Pontoon.
     Skew bridge, a bridge built obliquely from bank to bank, as
        sometimes required in railway engineering.
     Suspension bridge. See under Suspension.
     Trestle bridge, a bridge formed of a series of short,
        simple girders resting on trestles.
     Tubular bridge, a bridge in the form of a hollow trunk or
        rectangular tube, with cellular walls made of iron plates
        riveted together, as the Britannia bridge over the Menai
        Strait, and the Victoria bridge at Montreal.
     Wheatstone's bridge (Elec.), a device for the measurement
        of resistances, so called because the balance between the
        resistances to be measured is indicated by the absence of
        a current in a certain wire forming a bridge or connection
        between two points of the apparatus; -- invented by Sir
        Charles Wheatstone.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  suspension bridge
      n 1: a bridge that has a roadway supported by cables that are
           anchored at both ends

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