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 cushion (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 cushion (audio) \ adjective
cushiony \ ˈku̇-​shə-​nē How to pronounce cushion (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for cushion

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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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 second is a 168.16-carat cushion-cut unheated Ceylon sapphire that is the centerpiece of a pendant necklace. Anthony Demarco, Forbes, 1 June 2021 Layoffs and lockdowns, combined with enhanced unemployment benefits and stimulus checks, gave many Americans the time and the financial cushion to rethink their careers. Dee-ann Durbin, Stephen Groves, Chron, 22 May 2021 Unfortunately, many face shields utilize the foam the Doron warns against, typically as a cushion on the forehead for the shield to rest upon. Shannon Mcmahon, USA TODAY, 28 Apr. 2021 Blonsky preps food for her short trips, chopping veggies and filling a Tupperware with spinach — which doubles as a cushion for her omelet eggs. Washington Post, 26 Mar. 2021 Wait lists have been bloated for years, used by colleges as a cushion along with binding early-decision programs, to ensure a complete class without sacrificing selectivity. Melissa Korn, WSJ, 10 Mar. 2021 Some of them relied on funds appropriated by Congress in the Cares Act to function as a cushion against potential losses. Christopher Condon, Bloomberg.com, 24 Dec. 2020 Coming out after the break, the Spartans took over with a 17-5 burst, and built as big as a 16-point cushion. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, 2 Dec. 2020 The dock that was still attached to the Niña’s starboard side acted as a cushion between the ship’s haul and the seawall — potentially saving her. al, 25 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb With many low-income families devastated during the pandemic by job loss, hunger and housing insecurity, some Bay Area politicians have embraced guaranteed income as a way to cushion these blows. Sarah Ravani, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 Apr. 2021 But one of the biggest tools deployed by the U.S. government to cushion the economic blow — stimulus payments — is also driving a huge surge in investing by small traders. BostonGlobe.com, 21 Mar. 2021 But one of the biggest tools deployed by the U.S. government to cushion the economic blow — stimulus payments — is also driving a huge surge in investing by small traders. Matt Phillips, New York Times, 21 Mar. 2021 Coffee filters work well too, and so do paper plates, but never ship your china without something to cushion your dinnerware. Washington Post, 8 Mar. 2021 The universal payments were mandated in late March as part of Congress' unprecedented $2.6 trillion in aid to cushion the blow from the staggering recession and economic shutdowns set off by the global pandemic. Marcy Gordon, Star Tribune, 7 Oct. 2020 Niko Goodrum and Jake Rogers — in his first game this season — chipped in a pair of two-run singles to cushion the lead. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 8 May 2021 Bear’s Hybrid mattress relieves achy muscles and helps your body recover by utilizing soft foam layers to cushion sore spots. Jillian Mueller, Health.com, 5 May 2021 Birch's hybrid model aims to cushion these areas with every layer. Jennifer Walker-journey, Better Homes & Gardens, 30 Apr. 2021

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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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Time Traveler for cushion

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The first known use of cushion was in the 14th century

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5 Jun 2021

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“Cushion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cushion. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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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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