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cushion

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noun cush·ion \ˈku̇-shən\

Definition of cushion

  1. 1 :  a soft pillow or pad usually used for sitting, reclining, or kneeling

  2. 2 :  a bodily part resembling a pad

  3. 3 :  something resembling a cushion: such asa :  pillow 2b :  rat 3c :  a pad of springy rubber along the inside of the rim of a billiard tabled :  a padded insert in a shoee :  an elastic body for reducing shockf :  a mat laid under a large rug to ease the effect of wear

  4. 4a :  something (such as an economic factor or a medical procedure) serving to mitigate the effects of disturbances or disordersb :  a reserve supply (as of money)c :  a comfortable lead a 4–0 cushion in the ninth inning

cushionless

play \ˈku̇-shən-ləs\ adjective

cushiony

play \ˈku̇-shə-nē\ adjective

Examples of cushion in a Sentence

  1. There is a cushion under the rug to protect the floor.

  2. We didn't have a financial cushion when my husband lost his job.

Origin and Etymology of cushion

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


First Known Use: 14th century


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cushion

verb cush·ion

Definition of cushion

cushioned

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cushioning

play \ˈku̇-sh(ə-)niŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to seat or place on a cushion

  3. 2 :  to suppress by ignoring

  4. 3 :  to furnish with a cushion a cushioned seat

  5. 4a :  to mitigate the effects of trying to cushion the blowb :  to protect against force or shock cushion the ride

  6. 5 :  to check gradually so as to minimize shock of moving parts

Examples of cushion in a Sentence

  1. The pile of leaves helped cushion his fall.

  2. The tax cut is meant to cushion the blow of soaring gas prices.

Circa 1738

First Known Use of cushion

circa 1738



CUSHION Defined for English Language Learners

cushion

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noun

Definition of cushion for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of cushion for English Language Learners

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


CUSHION Defined for Kids

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cushion

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noun cush·ion \ˈku̇-shən\

Definition of cushion for Students

  1. 1 :  a soft pillow or pad to rest on or against

  2. 2 :  something soft like a pad Moss formed a cushion on the ground.

  3. 3 :  something that serves to soften or lessen the effects of something bad or unpleasant


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cushion

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verb cush·ion

Definition of cushion for Students

cushioned

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cushioning

  1. 1 :  to place on or as if on a soft pillow or pad

  2. 2 :  to furnish with a soft pillow or pad

  3. 3 :  to soften or lessen the force or shock of The soft sand cushioned her fall.


Medical Dictionary

cushion

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noun cush·ion \ˈku̇sh-ən\

Medical Definition of cushion

  1. 1:  a bodily part resembling a pad

  2. 2:  a medical procedure or drug that eases discomfort without necessarily affecting the basic condition of the patient



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