(Latin: a suffix found at the end of some words that make certain verbs become nouns.)
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2. The act of withholding by means of silencing, keeping quiet, or concealing: The mayor was eager for the suppression of the evidence regarding his financial activities.
3. The restraint or diminishing of discharges: The suppression of the patient's diarrhea was finally achieved when the doctor was able to curb the patient’s illness.
4. In psychology, the deliberate omission of undesirable thoughts or memories: Nicole was currently working overtime at the office to be in a mode of suppression, shutting out the horrors of the car accident she recently experienced.
2. A short-termed directive that an individual should no longer participate in an activity: The gang of girls received a week's suspension from school because of their aggressive behavior on the playground.
3. A part of the mechanics of automobiles or other larger motorized vehicles that holds the chassis of the car or truck to the wheels and axles: Mike, the mechanic at the garage, checked the suspension of Ted's damaged convertible and gave him an estimate of the cost for repairs.
4. A fluid, often thick, in which very small particles are present but which do not sink or float: The fruit that Margaret prepared was preserved in a gelatinous suspension.
2. A system of capturing images and sounds, broadcasting them via a combined electronic audio and video signal, and reproducing them to be viewed and listened to by people: The media industry, which includes television, is very advanced in terms of technology and is greatly admired by corporations that are intent on sending programs and messages to large audiences.
3. Etymology: about sending images by radio transmission, formed in English or borrowed from French télévision, from Greek tele-, "far off, afar, at or to a distance" + Latin vision, "act of seeing, sight, thing seen" from videre, "to see".
2. A state of strained relations; uneasiness due to mutual hostility: In the following years after the conflict between the two nations stopped, the tensions continued, fueled by distrust.
3. The stress on a material produced by pulling tends to cause lengthening or elongations: When sewing the seam on her new dress, Virginia was careful to maintain an even tension so the fabric would not become wrinkled.
4. In physiology and pathology, the condition of being stretched or strained in any part of the body; a sensation indicating or suggesting this; a feeling of tightness: In anticipation of running the marathon at school, Pamela could feel the tension building in her leg muscles and frequently massaged them to overcome the discomfort.
2. The twisting of any part that is free to move in the body: The intestines can experience torsion which may cause obstructions of the blood supply to the affected organ and pain is usually the first symptom.
If the torsion is not corrected for the part, there can be a development of tissue death and infection.
2. In medicine, the transfer of a body fluid from one person, or animal, to the veins of another person, or animal: A transfusion involves the injection of blood or a blood component into the bloodstream.
The transfusion of large volumes of life-saving liquid into the bloodstream is also done primarily to remedy someone who has bled severely after an accident or has lost a lot of blood during surgery.
During a transfusion, the patient's pulse, blood pressure, and temperature are measured regularly and, if there are any signs of bad reactions, the transfusion is discontinued.
2. An offense, disobedience, or sin: Participating in Sunday labor used to be considered a serious transgression against God.
A violation of a rule, or to break a law, is to commit a transgression.
2. The transferring of of a disease or condition; such as, a virus, from one person to another: The doctors were striving to vaccinate the local population in order to control the risk of the transmission of the influenza among the people.
3. The system of gears by which power is conveyed from the engine of an automobile, or other motor vehicle, to the driving axle or axles: Because he failed to follow the maintenance schedule suggested by the manufacturer, the transmission in Frank's car was not working properly and so he was obliged to go to a garage for repairs.
4. The act or process of sending something; especially, radio signals, radio or television broadcasts, or data: The transmission of the king's speech was arranged by the company that owned the necessary equipment and the presentation was heard throughout the country.
5. The act of transferring a message electronically: Johanna was happy she could use the transmission of sending an e-mail from her computer to her sister in Canada, instead of waiting for a letter to get to her days later.
2. Displacement of a body part from its initial position: An apparent risk for boxers is the trusion of their noses which may be broken or smashed to one side.
The TV presentation is a watered-down version of what was shown in the movie.2. A translation from one language to another: A German version of Manfred's novel will be published in English in the near future.
3. A special form or variation of something: Most people preferred the movie version more than the book version of the novel.
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2. The act or power of anticipating that which will or may come to be: Sharon's prophetic visions of what would happen with Ken's investments in his business encouraged him to proceed with his ideas.
3. An experience in which a person, thing, or event appears vividly or credibly to the mind: Although Ben's vision of the future was not actually present, he was still convinced that he had to commit himself to strive for those goals.
4. A vivid, imaginative conception or anticipation: Mary's husband had visions of wealth and glory all of which were only in his mind and not actual.