cushion

noun
cush·​ion | \ˈku̇-shən \

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

a : pillow sense 2

b : rat sense 3

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 \

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 \ adjective
cushiony \ˈku̇-​shə-​nē \ 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 legs on the Walmart sofa are a bit thicker and closer to the outside of the couch, and the seat has one big cushion as opposed to the West Elm sofa, which has two. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "Bet You Can't Tell Which Sofa Costs $1,200—And Which Is $350," 8 Oct. 2018 When genital-on-genital action is happening, pubic hair serves as a cushion to prevent chafing. Hannah Orenstein, Seventeen, "5 Things You Never Knew About Pubic Hair," 6 Aug. 2018 Considered disabled by the military, Sonia collects about $36,000 a year in benefits, a cushion that allowed her to get into the field and supplement her operations budget with fundraising. Tracy Saelinger, Woman's Day, "Gardening Led This Veteran to a New Life of Hope and Healing," 13 July 2018 Cooked, cooled, cut and crisped, grits make a compact cushion for eggs, sausage or spicy shrimp. Leah Eskin, chicagotribune.com, "Grits cakes make crispy cushion for spicy shrimp," 9 July 2018 When choosing racks for this recipe, whether baby backs or full spareribs, make sure that the meat is well marbled with fat, and that there’s a substantial cushion of meat between the bones. Julia Moskin, New York Times, "Mastering Chinese-Style Ribs at Home," 9 July 2018 With $3 billion in the bank and a growing cash cushion, Tesla won't need to raise any cash to pay off the big $920 million loan that's coming due next March. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Why almost everyone was wrong about Tesla’s cash flow situation," 26 Oct. 2018 And the seat cushion, while flush with the frame on the Crate & Barrel sofa, sticks out just a bit on the Walmart couch. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "This $300 Walmart Couch Looks Just Like This $2,000 Velvet Sofa," 24 Sep. 2018 Between each of these bones are little cushions, basically, called discs. Korin Miller, SELF, "5 Possible Causes Behind That Annoying Neck Pain," 18 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Saudi ties with France and Britain, the biggest European suppliers of arms to Riyadh, have traditionally cushioned the kingdom from EU criticism over its human-rights record and its role in the bloody conflict in Yemen. Laurence Norman, WSJ, "Germany to Halt Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia Over Khashoggi Killing," 19 Nov. 2018 Cut export costs China has already cushioned the blow: Its currency, the yuan, has dropped more than 5 percent of its value compared to the dollar since mid-February. Joseph N. Distefano, Philly.com, "New Trump import fees: How will China fight back?," 11 July 2018 These extend towards the back of the dress, where the train flows in soft round folds cushioned by an underskirt in triple silk organza. Zoe Szathmary, Fox News, "Meghan Markle's Stella McCartney reception dress won't be part of royal wedding exhibit, report says," 30 Aug. 2018 At that moment the strings in the orchestra enter, tentatively supporting his tender melodic line with cushioning harmonies. New York Times, "Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?," 13 July 2018 Last October, the president unilaterally ended a significant part of the law that cushions insurers financially from an obligation to give discounts to decrease out-of-pocket costs to lower-income customers with ACA coverage. Amy Goldstein, chicagotribune.com, "Trump administration won't defend Affordable Care Act in case brought by GOP states," 8 June 2018 Last October, the president unilaterally ended a significant part of the law that cushions insurers financially from an obligation to give discounts to decrease out-of-pocket costs to lower-income customers with ACA coverage. Author: Amy Goldstein, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump administration won't defend ACA in case brought by GOP states," 8 June 2018 Last October, the president unilaterally ended a significant part of the law that cushions insurers financially from an obligation to give discounts to decrease out-of-pocket costs to lower-income customers with ACA coverage. Amy Goldstein, Washington Post, "Trump administration won’t defend ACA in case brought by GOP states," 7 June 2018 But the melodic touch that cushions the blow is proof of E’s masterful dark art. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 50 Greatest Deep Cuts of 1998: Critics' Picks," 31 May 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 \

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 \

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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