Cushion meaning

ko͝oshən
Cushion is defined as to add padding or protect from impact.

An example of cushion is wearing knee pads while gardening.

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Something resilient used as a rest, support, or shock absorber.
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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.

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A pad or pillow with a soft filling, used for resting, reclining, or kneeling.
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A mat placed or attached beneath carpeting to provide softness and increase durability.
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A padlike body part.
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(games) The rim bordering the playing surface of a billiard table.
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A pillow used in lacemaking.
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Something that mitigates or relieves an adverse effect.

Extra funds serving as a cushion against future inflation.

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To provide with a cushion.

Cushion a bench.

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To place or seat on a cushion.
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To cover or hide (something) with or as if with a cushion.
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To protect from impacts or other disturbing effects.

An automobile suspension that cushions the ride.

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To mitigate the effects of; absorb the shock of.

Cushion a blow.

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A pillow or soft pad for sitting or kneeling upon, or reclining against; specif., a removable one forming part of a sofa, chair, etc.
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A thing like a cushion in shape, softness, or use, as a small pillow used in lace-making, padding of various sorts, etc.
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A fatty or fibrous padlike part of the body.
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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.
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Anything that moderates an adverse effect, relieves a distressing condition, provides comfort, etc.
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To provide with a cushion or cushions.
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To hide or suppress, as if under a cushion.
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To absorb (shock or noise)
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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 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.
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Something acting as a cushion, especially to absorb a shock or impact.
  • A pad on which gilders cut gold leaf.
  • A mass of steam in the end of the cylinder of a steam engine to receive the impact of the piston.
  • (sports, billiards, snooker, pool) The lip around a table in cue sports which absorbs some of the impact of the billiard balls and bounces them back.
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(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.
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To furnish with cushions.

To cushion a sofa.

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To seat or place on, or as on a cushion.
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To absorb or deaden the impact of.

To cushion a blow.

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To conceal or cover up, as under a cushion.
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Origin of cushion

  • Middle English cushin from Old French coussin from Vulgar Latin coxīnum from Latin coxa hip

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From later Old French coissin (modern coussin), ultimately from Latin coxa via a Vulgar Latin root *coxinum ‘hip, thigh’ or alternatively from Latin culcita (“mattress”).

    From Wiktionary