- The definition of a cushion is something padded that adds comfort, support or lessens impact.
- An example of a cushion is a floor pillow.
- An example of a cushion is your rear end.
- Cushion is defined as to add padding or protect from impact.
An example of cushion is wearing knee pads while gardening.
- a pillow or soft pad for sitting or kneeling on, or reclining against; specif., a removable one forming part of a sofa, chair, etc.
- a thing like a cushion in shape, softness, or use, as a small pillow used in lace-making, padding of various sorts, etc.
- a fatty or fibrous padlike part of the body
- anything serving to absorb shock, as air or steam in some machines, the elastic inner rim of a billiard table, or a soft, padded insole
- anything that moderates an adverse effect, relieves a distressing condition, provides comfort, etc.
Origin of cushionMiddle English cuisshin ; from Old French coissin ; from Medieval Latin coxinum, altered (after Classical Latin coxa, hip) ; from Gallo-Roman an unverified form culcinum, for Classical Latin culcita, cushion, quilt
- to provide with a cushion or cushions
- to seat or set on a cushion
- to prop up with a cushion or cushions
- to hide or suppress, as if under a cushion
- to absorb (shock or noise)
- to act as a cushion, as in protecting from shock or injury, moderating ill effects, relieving distress, etc.: the bush cushioned his fall
- A pad or pillow with a soft filling, used for resting, reclining, or kneeling.
- Something resilient used as a rest, support, or shock absorber.
- A mat placed or attached beneath carpeting to provide softness and increase durability.
- A padlike body part.
- Games The rim bordering the playing surface of a billiard table.
- A pillow used in lacemaking.
- Something that mitigates or relieves an adverse effect: extra funds serving as a cushion against future inflation.
transitive verbcush·ioned, cush·ion·ing, cush·ions
- To provide with a cushion: cushion a bench.
- To place or seat on a cushion.
- To cover or hide (something) with or as if with a cushion.
- To protect from impacts or other disturbing effects: an automobile suspension that cushions the ride.
- To mitigate the effects of; absorb the shock of: cushion a blow.
Origin of cushionMiddle English cushin, from Old French coussin, from Vulgar Latin *coxīnum, from Latin coxa, hip.
- A soft mass of material stuffed into a cloth bag, used for comfort or support; for sitting on, kneeling on, resting one's head on etc.
- Something acting as a cushion, especially to absorb a shock or impact.
- (figuratively) a sufficient quantity of an intangible object (like points or minutes) to allow for some of those points, for example, to be lost without hurting one's chances for successfully completing an objective.
(third-person singular simple present cushions, present participle cushioning, simple past and past participle cushioned)
- to provide a soft pillow cushion
- to absorb or deaden the impact of something