cushion

noun
cush·​ion | \ ˈku̇-shən How to pronounce cushion (audio) \

Definition of cushion

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a soft pillow or pad usually used for sitting, reclining, or kneeling
2 : a bodily part resembling a pad
3 : something resembling a cushion: such as
c : a pad of springy rubber along the inside of the rim of a billiard table
d : a padded insert in a shoe
e : an elastic body for reducing shock
f : a mat laid under a large rug to ease the effect of wear
4a : something (such as an economic factor or a medical procedure) serving to mitigate the effects of disturbances or disorders
b : a reserve supply (as of money)
c : a comfortable lead a 4–0 cushion in the ninth inning

cushion

verb
cushioned; cushioning\ ˈku̇-​sh(ə-​)niŋ How to pronounce cushioning (audio) \

Definition of cushion (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to seat or place on a cushion
2 : to suppress by ignoring
3 : to furnish with a cushion a cushioned seat
4a : to mitigate the effects of trying to cushion the blow
b : to protect against force or shock cushion the ride
5 : to check gradually so as to minimize shock of moving parts

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Other Words from cushion

Noun

cushionless \ ˈku̇-​shən-​ləs How to pronounce cushionless (audio) \ adjective
cushiony \ ˈku̇-​shə-​nē How to pronounce cushiony (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for cushion

Synonyms: Noun

buffer, bumper, cocoon, cushioning, fender, pad

Synonyms: Verb

buffer, gentle, soften

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Examples of cushion in a Sentence

Noun

There is a cushion under the rug to protect the floor. We didn't have a financial cushion when my husband lost his job.

Verb

The pile of leaves helped cushion his fall. The tax cut is meant to cushion the blow of soaring gas prices.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The company operates with little cushion, and McClure had not pushed the government for early reimbursement for Unispec’s November work, which would typically be paid at the end of December. Neena Satija, The Seattle Times, "Federal contractors who lost health insurance during shutdown remain in limbo," 28 Jan. 2019 Gausman was given a pair of one-run leads, a 1-0 cushion in the second after Colby Rasmus’ solo homer, and then a 2-1 lead in the fourth following Mark Trumbo’s solo homer. Eduardo A. Encina, baltimoresun.com, "Another quality start from Kevin Gausman goes for naught in 4-2 loss to Nationals," 21 June 2018 Entry and exit were easy thanks to large door openings and higher seat cushions. Emma Jayne Williams, star-telegram, "Hyundai’s 2018 Kona small crossover starts at $19,500, offers all-wheel drive | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 19 May 2018 Lay one piece over the back, lengthwise, and another across the seat cushions. Jennifer Adams, Philly.com, "Ask Jennifer Adams: How to get a new look in a living room without replacing everything," 18 May 2018 Meridian's fire means Ford also is on the hunt for third-row seat cushion pans and the inner frames for lift gates for other vehicles whose production has been disrupted. Mark Davis, kansascity, "Michigan fire sent Ford on hunt for F-150 truck part so it can restart Claycomo line | The Kansas City Star," 11 May 2018 Heavy ice sheets once depressed the land down into the mantle, like the seat cushions of a couch. Sara Sneath, NOLA.com, "Sea level rise could bring daily flooding to parts of Louisiana's coast, scientists say," 24 Apr. 2018 In terms of federal spending, that's money that could be found in the government's seat cushions. Michael Hiltzik, latimes.com, "The Republican plan for family leave would destroy your Social Security benefits," 23 Apr. 2018 Next, take the section of hair just in front of the cushion and flip back and over. Jaime Osnato, SELF, "10 Styling Hacks to Create Thicker-Looking Hair," 5 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Orthofeet also offers an assortment of shoe styles, but this slipper is a bestseller thanks to its orthotic insole and comfy cushioning around the heel and ball of your foot. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, "The Best Plantar Fasciitis Shoes, According to Experts," 4 Dec. 2018 The material is prone to absorbing water, which can mess with how the sneaker’s cushioning works. Isadora Baum, SELF, "Here’s How to Clean Sneakers Depending on the Material," 17 Feb. 2019 That helped cushion any impact in financial markets from the bank’s decision to phase out its €2.5 trillion ($2.9 trillion) bond-buying program, known as quantitative easing or QE, later this year. Tom Fairless, WSJ, "As the Fed Moves Rates Higher, the ECB Charts Its Own Course," 24 July 2018 Giblin says that a seamless sock with a reinforced cushioning under the toe and a roomier toe box keeps his toenails intact. Julie Brown, Outside Online, "The Best Running Socks, According to Ultramarathoners," 22 June 2018 Packers use foot pedals to dispense inflated air pillows to cushion items when boxed. Christopher Rugaber, The Seattle Times, "U.S. retailers hope higher pay will buy more efficient workers," 1 Jan. 2019 Worse, since the start of October bonds have failed in their usual job of cushioning a portfolio during a stock selloff, with Treasurys losing money too. James Mackintosh, WSJ, "Finding Stocks to Buy in an Era of Rising Prices," 6 Nov. 2018 Rojo finished it off in the second by cushioning a volley with his right foot into the bottom corner and ensuring Messi’s quest for a first World Cup title continued. Washington Post, "Messi finally scores, Argentina advances at World Cup," 26 June 2018 There are so many brands and types, and what the heck are features like carbon foot plates, heel crash pads, and the difference between foam cushioning and other types of cushioning anyway? Amy Schlinger, Teen Vogue, "The Best Running Shoes Whether You’re Running One Mile or 26.2," 20 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of cushion

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

circa 1738, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cushion

Noun

Middle English cusshin, from Anglo-French cussin, quissin, from Vulgar Latin *coxinus, from Latin coxa hip — more at coxa

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cushion

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cushion

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a soft object or part that is used to make something (such as a seat) more comfortable or to protect a surface from damage : a soft pillow, pad, etc.
: any one of the rubber parts that the ball bounces off along the inner edges of a billiard table
: something (such as an extra amount of money) that you can use to reduce the bad effect of something (such as an unexpected problem or expense)

cushion

verb

English Language Learners Definition of cushion (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make (something, such as a fall or collision) less severe or painful : to soften or reduce the bad effect of (something)

cushion

noun
cush·​ion | \ ˈku̇-shən How to pronounce cushion (audio) \

Kids Definition of cushion

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a soft pillow or pad to rest on or against
2 : something soft like a pad Moss formed a cushion on the ground.
3 : something that serves to soften or lessen the effects of something bad or unpleasant

cushion

verb
cushioned; cushioning

Kids Definition of cushion (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to place on or as if on a soft pillow or pad
2 : to furnish with a soft pillow or pad
3 : to soften or lessen the force or shock of The soft sand cushioned her fall.

cushion

noun
cush·​ion | \ ˈku̇sh-ən How to pronounce cushion (audio) \

Medical Definition of cushion

1 : a bodily part resembling a pad
2 : a medical procedure or drug that eases discomfort without necessarily affecting the basic condition of the patient

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