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


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

Other Words from cushion


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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Plus our yield cushion will help soften a September selloff. Brett Owens, Forbes, 1 Aug. 2022 Between stagnating wages and high debt, the American middle class is dealing with a unique set of economic challenges in 2022, and the days of their pandemic-era financial cushion may be numbered as well. Tristan Bove, Fortune, 25 July 2022 However, its thick nitrile rubber cushion is supportive enough to evenly support the bottoms of your feet all day long. Alyssa Brascia,, 8 July 2022 The Nissan's ride is a little more compliant, but its seat cushion is considerably firmer, making the Mach 1 more comfortable overall. Elana Scherr, Car and Driver, 27 June 2022 For the Astros, their cushion should give fans – even the ones screaming for Martin Maldonado’s job and questioning every lineup card Dusty Baker fills out – some comfort. James Yasko, Chron, 16 June 2022 It’s why bonds are used as a cushion in portfolios—for markets just like this. Jessica Mathews, Fortune, 21 June 2022 The same recipe transpired in the third, when a pair of hit-by-pitches loaded the bases and Donovan came through with a two-run double to left for a commanding 7-1 cushion. Globe Correspondent,, 11 June 2022 An Oak Lawn man has been charged with shaking his 8-week-old daughter and slamming her head on a cushion, according to police. Mike Nolan, Chicago Tribune, 6 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But after the outset of the pandemic, government stimulus spending packages meant to cushion against the economic fallout ended up stoking demand. New York Times, 16 June 2022 Local governments across the country will be learning from Shanghai’s mistakes, and antiviral drugs will help cushion the blow of new outbreaks, but neither will address China’s underlying issue: a distinct lack of an exit strategy. Ruby Osman, Time, 20 Apr. 2022 Kiran Ganesh, a multiasset strategist at UBS, believes the euro will recover against the dollar as the market focus shifts to the prospect of the Fed cutting rates to cushion a slowing economy. Chelsey Dulaney, WSJ, 14 July 2022 His exercises also serve to cushion your knees against impact. Men's Health, 11 July 2022 Policy makers are responding with steps to cushion the economy, such as a reduction in how much banks must keep as reserves announced by the central bank late Friday., 18 Apr. 2022 Plenty there to cushion against a deepening cost-of-living crisis, then? Alasdair Lane, Forbes, 25 Mar. 2022 Many analysts believe that banks may need to improve the provision coverage ratio in the upcoming quarters to cushion against a possible rise in bad loans. Mimansa Verma, Quartz, 25 Aug. 2021 The legislation was designed to cushion workers against the massive blow of a partial economic shutdown during the pandemic. Brooke Stephenson, ProPublica, 2 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of cushion


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1738, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cushion


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

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“Cushion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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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


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.


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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