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

Instead, Bell shaped fast-flying figurations to bring forth the melodic shapes underlying the fireworks, Alsop providing a supple orchestral cushion. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "CSO at Ravinia review: Marin Alsop poetically launches Bernstein tribute," 13 July 2018 After providing the Yankees with another lead, Hicks provided a cushion. New York Times, "A Potential Pitching Showcase Melts Into a Rugged Yankees Win," 12 July 2018 The blasts provided the Twins a cushion against a Royals offense that stranded the bases loaded in the sixth and was 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position. Maria Torres, kansascity, "Unable to keep early lead vs. Twins, Royals drop another series," 11 July 2018 Snyder said some of the changes automakers have made include adding space under the hood to provide more cushion against the hard parts around the engine and lowering bumpers. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "Death on foot: Distracted driving, cell phones seen as factors," 28 June 2018 Traditional haven bonds haven’t eased the pain, with U.S. Treasurys selling off and ultralow yields in Japan and Europe providing little cushion. Richard Barley, WSJ, "What Is Happening to Global Growth?," 23 May 2018 And when those chains break apart, the oil doesn’t do nearly as good a job of providing that cushion. Ray Magliozzi, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Friend who claims oil changes are unnecessary is flat-out wrong," 18 May 2018 Also, Pekau said, reserve levels in the village’s operating fund — intended to provide a financial cushion in the event of an emergency — have been dropping, Pekau said. Mike Nolan, Daily Southtown, "Employee buyouts planned in Orland Park to cut costs," 18 May 2018 The Air Zoom Pegasus sole is made from a combination of foam and small airbags that provide extra cushion and spring. refinery29.com, "We Tried The New Nike Pegasus & Here's How They Felt," 18 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 In fact, Californians would already be temporarily cushioned by existing state rules that protect people with preexisting conditions for 12 months if that portion of the Affordable Care Act is struck down. Barbara Feder Ostrov, latimes.com, "Covered California sees big rate hike from federal tax law, but not from Trump's legal moves," 15 June 2018 Airbnbs, in my experience, usually have walls and some sort of cushioned sleeping surface. Brendan Leonard, Outside Online, "Nature as an Airbnb: A Review," 25 May 2018 In those days commerce wasn’t so regulated at the speedway, and a man could make a pretty penny renting cushioned seatbacks to fans sitting in those unforgiving old bleachers. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: A 68-year love affair with the Indy 500 started with a boy in an elm tree," 19 May 2018 Serenity furniture and clamshell loungers are cushioned. David G. Molyneaux, miamiherald, "Carnival, that most American of cruise lines, won't return to Europe any time soon," 5 July 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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