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.
- cush·ion·less, adjective
- cush·ion·like, adjective
- un·cush·ioned, adjective
- well-cushioned, adjective
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How to use cushion in a sentence
The best memory foam mattresses will often have layers of varying densities, with a high-density base for greater longevity and optimal assistance with improving your circulation, and a lower-density layer on top for cushion and comfort.Best memory foam mattress: Sleep better on one of these picks | PopSci Commerce Team | January 25, 2021 | Popular-Science
When all your stocks are going down, Treasury bonds, foreign currencies, and gold can provide you with a safety cushion.How I tripled my money in bitcoin—then lost almost half of it | Aaron Pressman | January 22, 2021 | Fortune
So be as soft a cushion as you can without muffling the truth.Carolyn Hax: Her husband firmly plants his flag. Does it look like a red one to her? | Carolyn Hax | January 15, 2021 | Washington Post
The chairs have dense cushions and a footrest bar for kicking back and relaxing.
With non-slip material and an elastic band, this seat cushion is suitable for any chair.The best heated chairs for pain relief and maximum comfort | PopSci Commerce Team | January 6, 2021 | Popular-Science
His bandaged leg rests, slightly elevated, on a bloodstained cushion borrowed from a couch.
I could give my parents this relief, this cushion that they never had.
Instead, she has reportedly narrowed the choice down to cushion-cut diamonds, over five carats, priced at $100,000 or more.Miley Cyrus Debuts Anna Wintour-esque Bob; Lady Gaga Dresses as a Christmas Tree | The Fashion Beast Team | December 9, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
I said that if the process ever breaks down, we will not have build up any relationships that could possibly cushion the blow.What Beinart Overlooks in His 'American Jewish Cocoon' Article | Gil Troy | September 4, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Holding down the seat cushion, the Sullivans imagine Alex is there.
A few scratches here and there marred the polish of the frame and one cushion had sustained an ugly rent.Dorothy at Skyrie | Evelyn Raymond
Jess made a cushion for it out of grass and laid it on top of the kettle full of treasures.The Box-Car Children | Gertrude Chandler Warner
Having uttered these words he made a sign to his treasurer who presented on a cushion a crown of gold to the young girl.Honey-Bee | Anatole France
Then as suddenly she turned around and came back, and very carefully shoved a cushion under the man's feet.The Box-Car Children | Gertrude Chandler Warner
Its water in a general way moves as does a billiard ball when it flies from one cushion to another.Outlines of the Earth's History | Nathaniel Southgate Shaler
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
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
- cushiony, adjective
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