- a soft bag of cloth, leather, or rubber, filled with feathers, air, foam rubber, etc., on which to sit, kneel, or lie.
- anything similar in form, used to dampen shocks or to prevent excessive pressure or chafing.
- something to absorb or counteract a shock, jar, or jolt, as a body of air or steam.
- something that lessens the effects of hardship, distress, or the like: His inheritance was a cushion against unemployment.
- Anatomy, Zoology. any part or structure resembling a cushion.
- the resilient raised rim encircling the top of a billiard table.
- a pad worn under the hair by women.
- a portion of a radio or television script that can be adjusted in length or cut out altogether in order to end the program on time.
- Ice Hockey, Canadian. the iced surface of a rink.
- a pillow used in lacemaking.
- a leather pad on which gold leaf is placed preparatory to gilding.
- to place on or support by a cushion.
- to furnish with a cushion or cushions.
- to cover or conceal with, or as if with, a cushion.
- to lessen or soften the effects of: to cushion the blow to his pride.
- to suppress (complaints, lamentations, etc.) by quietly ignoring.
- to check the motion of (a piston or the like) by a cushion, as of steam.
- to form (steam or the like) into a cushion.
Origin of cushion
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Examples from the Web for cushion
I could give my parents this relief, this cushion that they never had.He Bullies Kids and Calls It News
June 26, 2014
Once you have a bit of a cushion, we take 25% of your money.Here's One Version of a Pro-Family Tax Policy
February 19, 2013
Ideally, we'd be growing fast now, to cushion against the inevitable slowdown.All We Need is Growth
January 28, 2013
Obama won it by 10 percent, so he has a cushion here as well.Michael Tomasky Makes His Election 2012 Predictions
November 6, 2012
But whatever the truth there, Obama still has a cushion in the state.What Does and Doesn't Matter About Wisconsin
June 4, 2012
I want to make a cushion of my lion's skin, for the weight to rest upon.The Three Golden Apples
"Throw me the loan of a trusty Bartly, for a cushion," said he.Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
He drew forward the chair left vacant by the cat, and beat up the cushion.
You beat up that cushion, an' throw open the best-room door.
She buried her face in the cushion where his shoulder had been.The Incomplete Amorist
- a bag made of cloth, leather, plastic, etc, filled with feathers, air, or other yielding substance, used for sitting on, leaning against, etc
- something resembling a cushion in function or appearance, esp one to support or pad or to absorb shock
- the resilient felt-covered rim of a billiard table
- another name for pillow (def. 2)
- short for air cushion
- a capital, used in Byzantine, Romanesque, and Norman architecture, in the form of a bowl with a square top
- to place on or as on a cushion
- to provide with cushions
- to lessen or suppress the effects of
- to protect, esp against hardship or change
- to check the motion of (a mechanism) gently, esp by the compression of trapped fluid in a cylinder
- to provide with a means of absorbing shock
Word Origin and History for cushion
c.1300, from Old French coissin "seat cushion" (12c., Modern French coussin), probably a variant of Vulgar Latin *coxinum, from Latin coxa "hip, thigh," or from Latin culcita "mattress." Someone has counted more than 400 spellings of the plural of this word in Middle English wills and inventories. Also from the French word are Italian cuscino, Spanish cojin.
1730s, from cushion (n.). In the figurative sense, from 1863. Related: Cushioned; cushioning.
- A padlike body part.