cushion

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noun

cush·​ion ˈku̇-shən How to pronounce cushion (audio)
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
4
a
: 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
cushionless adjective
cushiony adjective

cushion

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verb

cushioned; cushioning ˈku̇-sh(ə-)niŋ How to pronounce cushion (audio)

transitive verb

1
: to seat or place on a cushion
2
: to suppress by ignoring
3
: to furnish with a cushion
a cushioned seat
4
a
: 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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Less than 10 minutes into the game, UConn was shooting nearly 70 percent from field to build an 11-point cushion. Bryce Miller, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Mar. 2024 Filling those vacancies would give the GOP majority a little more cushion. Caitlin Yilek, CBS News, 29 Mar. 2024 For at least the next six months, the airline will make specialized cushions available to install on its loaner chairs if a traveler’s personal wheelchair is unusable or unavailable after their flight. USA TODAY, 28 Mar. 2024 Wiggins dropped The Magic cut Golden State’s lead to one late, but buckets inside from Payton II and Curry provided a late cushion. Danny Emerman, The Mercury News, 27 Mar. 2024 Its steel and wicker construction can withstand all weather conditions, and the plush seat cushions are made with a fade-resistant fabric. Bridget Degnan, Southern Living, 7 Mar. 2024 The cushions slide to make the seating larger or more intimate. Kevin Koenig, Robb Report, 13 Mar. 2024 Low amniotic fluid also means there is no cushion for protection. Jessica Van Egeren, Journal Sentinel, 13 Mar. 2024 The cushion isn’t removable, however, which could make cleaning it a bit difficult. L. Daniela Alvarez, Better Homes & Gardens, 7 Mar. 2024
Verb
First, grab these Adidas sneakers that offer cushioned, cloud-like support and come in a number of colors. Mia Huelsbeck, Peoplemag, 22 Mar. 2024 What is Citizens doing to cushion against potential high losses in the sector given close to one-fifth of your loans are there? Elisabeth Buchwald, CNN, 10 Mar. 2024 Senators made several additions to the House version, including a $75 million appropriation to deliver an additional pension payment for retirees in the Kentucky Employee Retirement System to help cushion them from the impact of high inflation. Bruce Schreiner, Quartz, 13 Mar. 2024 The bottom of the mailbox is cushioned with a plastic liner so packages won’t incur damage when they’re dropped into the compartment. Samantha S. Thorpe, Better Homes & Gardens, 7 Mar. 2024 Then try placing it on the clitoral hood to cushion the intense vibrations, or try placing it on other parts of your vulva like along your inner labia. Jennifer Hussein, Allure, 3 Mar. 2024 Finding ways to increase your income can help cushion an increase in mortgage rates and payments. Reza Ghazi, Forbes, 29 Feb. 2024 The five-layer memory foam insoles help cushion your feet for long-lasting comfort. Nicol Natale, Peoplemag, 28 Feb. 2024 This eye mask from Kitsch features plush padding to gently cushion your eyes and keep light out without adding weight. Theresa Holland, Travel + Leisure, 26 Feb. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

circa 1738, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Cushion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cushion. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

cushion

1 of 2 noun
cush·​ion ˈku̇sh-ən How to pronounce cushion (audio)
1
: a soft pillow or pad to rest on or against
2
: something resembling a cushion in use, shape, or softness
3
: a rubber pad along the inner rim of a billiard table
4
: something serving to lessen the effects of something bad or unpleasant

cushion

2 of 2 verb
cushioned; cushioning -(ə-)niŋ How to pronounce cushion (audio)
1
: to place on or as if on a cushion
2
: to furnish with a cushion
3
: to soften or lessen the force or shock of

Medical Definition

cushion

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