1. an account used temporarily to carry doubtful receipts and disbursements or discrepancies pending their analysis and permanent classification;
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Suspense \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.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: an account used temporarily to carry doubtful receipts and
disbursements or discrepancies pending their analysis and