verb (used with object)
Origin of cushion
Synonyms for cushion
Related Words for cushionbuffer, headrest, mat, bolster, dampen, insulate, soften, hassock, fender, rest, seat, sham, beanbag, squab, bumper, buttress, seclude, suppress, support, cradle
Examples from the Web for cushion
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of cushion
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
- 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 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.