- 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: Middle English cuisshin ; from Old French coissin ; from Midieval 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
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- 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.
- 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: Middle English cushin, from Old French coussin, from Vulgar Latin *coxīnum, from Latin coxa, hip.
- cushˈion·y adjective
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