verb (used with object)
- cushing's syndrome,
- cushing's syndrome medicamentosus,
- cushing, caleb,
- cushing, harvey williams,
- cushion cut,
- cushion pink,
- cushion plant,
- cushion rafter,
Origin of cushion
Examples from the Web for cushion
I could give my parents this relief, this cushion that they never had.
Once you have a bit of a cushion, we take 25% of your money.
Ideally, we'd be growing fast now, to cushion against the inevitable slowdown.
Obama won it by 10 percent, so he has a cushion here as well.Michael Tomasky Makes His Election 2012 Predictions|Michael Tomasky|November 6, 2012|DAILY BEAST
But whatever the truth there, Obama still has a cushion in the state.
"'Cause if I lean back against the cushion my feet won't touch the stool," she said.Daisy's Work|Joanna H. (Joanna Hooe) Mathews
You will find that the cushion business, and the mandolin business, and all that sort of thing, do not go in real life.The Young Man and the World|Albert J. Beveridge
Esmeralda turned her head on the cushion, and looked at him with a lazy smile.Pixie O'Shaughnessy|Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
Finish by tacking a handsome fringe all round the cushion, so as to conceal the binding.Miss Leslie's Lady's New Receipt-Book|Eliza Leslie
He thought the cushion edged up-hill very oddly, and the seat seemed very hard.Lady Daisy and Other Stories|Caroline Stewart
- 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.