AskDefine | Define suspend

Dictionary Definition



1 hang freely; "The secret police suspended their victims from the ceiling and beat them"
2 cause to be held in suspension in a fluid; "suspend the particles"
3 bar temporarily; from school, office, etc. [syn: debar]
4 stop a process or a habit by imposing a freeze on it; "Suspend the aid to the war-torn country" [syn: freeze]
5 make inoperative or stop; "suspend payments on the loan" [syn: set aside]
6 as of a prison sentence

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. To temporarily halt something
  2. To hang freely
  3. To discontinue or interrupt a function, task, position, or event.


To hang freely
To discontinue or interrupt a function, task, position, or event

Extensive Definition

Sleep mode or "stand-by" refers to a low power mode for electronic devices such as computers, televisions, and remote controlled devices. These modes save electrical consumption compared to leaving a device fully on, when a device is idle. But devices in sleep mode consume significant amounts of energy. Waking up resumes normal operations.
In computing, the standard for power management is ACPI. Compliant systems offer power saving modes such as sleep and hibernation. Sleep mode (or Stand-by mode) is supposed to place electronic devices into a state of "waiting for a power-up" command.


Stand-by mode may affect equipment lifetime. Stand-by mode may reduce the thermal cycles of key components, therefore possibly improving the equipment reliability. This means equipment might last longer, so less electronic equipment will be scrapped. On the other hand, equipment in standby mode is at increased risk of damage from power surges, so stand-by will also shorten equipment lifetimes.
On Microsoft Windows based computers, the sleep mode turns off the CPU.



suspend in German: Stromsparmodus (Computer)
suspend in French: Mise en veille
suspend in Dutch: Stand-by

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