verb (used with object)

Nearby words

  1. cushing's syndrome,
  2. cushing's syndrome medicamentosus,
  3. cushing, caleb,
  4. cushing, harvey williams,
  5. cushingoid,
  6. cushion cut,
  7. cushion pink,
  8. cushion plant,
  9. cushion rafter,
  10. cushioning

Origin of cushion

1300–50; Middle English cuisshin < Anglo-French; Middle French coussinLatin cōx(a) hip + -īnus -ine1; see coxa

Related formscush·ion·less, adjectivecush·ion·like, adjectiveun·cush·ioned, adjectivewell-cush·ioned, adjective

Synonym study

1. Cushion, pillow, bolster agree in being cases filled with a material more or less resilient, intended to be used as supports for the body or parts of it. A cushion is a soft pad used to sit, lie, or kneel on, or to lean against: cushions on a sofa; cushions on pews in a church. A pillow is a bag or case filled with feathers, down, or other soft material, usually to support the head: to sleep with a pillow under one's head. A bolster is a firm pillow, long enough to extend the width of a bed and used as head support, with or without a pillow. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cushion

British Dictionary definitions for cushion



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

verb (tr)

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
  1. to check the motion of (a mechanism) gently, esp by the compression of trapped fluid in a cylinder
  2. to provide with a means of absorbing shock
Derived Formscushiony, adjective

Word Origin for cushion

from Latin culcita mattress

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Word Origin and History for cushion
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Medicine definitions for cushion




A padlike body part.

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