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

What also appears are towels, flowers, and—a whoopie cushion? Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Wait...Is Kourtney Kardashian Finally Giving Us a Home Decor Line?!," 5 Mar. 2019 The woman told police that the boys were playing on the couch when one of them found the gun in the top couch cushions. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "Fishers Ikea gun incident leads to felony charge against customer," 28 June 2018 Police are investigating an accident at a Fishers, Ind., IKEA where a child fired a gun found in a couch cushion. Emily Price, Fortune, "Child Finds Loaded Gun in IKEA Couch and Shoots," 26 June 2018 That would give Tesla a nice cash cushion and reassure everyone involved about Tesla's solvency. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Tesla’s cash crunch, explained," 26 July 2018 The wooden frame chairs are vintage from Consort and Merrill added custom leather cushions. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "Reath Design Crafts a Bright, Elegant Home for a Young Family," 22 Mar. 2019 But even with so many great new innovations on shelves (cushions! pomades! gels!), mastering the art of thick, fluffy eyebrows is hard. Glamour, "15 Common Eyebrow Mistakes You’re Probably Making," 19 Mar. 2019 Made with cooling and pressure-relieving memory foam, this cloud-like cushion relaxes both your neck and back for a more comfortable slumber. Popular Mechanics, "Save Big on Pressure-Relieving Memory Foam Pillow," 9 Mar. 2019 Tax specialists are combing through recent IRS guidance that provides more clarity and cushion for some owners of rental real estate but denies the break to owners of professional sports teams. WSJ, "WSJ Tax Guide 2019: Pass-Through Income," 15 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

This sandal is made of a foam that cushions your foot and supports your arches. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, "The Best Plantar Fasciitis Shoes, According to Experts," 4 Dec. 2018 Years before the company went under, regulators were alerted that all wasn’t right with ITT, and instead of closing the school down, the federal agency worked to cushion itself against financial exposure, the trustee’s lawsuit said. Peg Brickley, WSJ, "ITT Bankruptcy Trustee Sues Lenders, Department of Education," 10 Sep. 2018 Last October, the president ended another important subsidy to insurers: cost-sharing reduction payments, which cushioned them from the law’s requirement to provide discounts on deductibles and other out-of-pocket costs to low-income customers. Amy Goldstein, Washington Post, "Trump administration takes another major swipe at the Affordable Care Act," 7 July 2018 Galapagos surges as a drug halts lung disease progression, Novartis appoints former Roche executive interim M+A head, Obamacare premiums set to climb but subsidies should cushion blow. Bloomberg.com, "Bay State Biotech Report: Galapagos and Novartis," 10 Aug. 2017 The patio, with its cushioned wicker furniture, offers a comfortable vantage point for people watching. Donald Liebenson, chicagotribune.com, "Ravinia's new dining options include Lawn Bar," 26 June 2018 As for shoes, go with a cross-training sneaker that’s not heavily cushioned or bulky. Isadora Baum, SELF, "10 Things to Know Before Taking Your First Indoor Rowing Class," 27 Jan. 2019 Despite the steep heel height and pointed-toe fit, cushioned insoles make these velvety smooth suede shoes surprisingly comfortable. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "The 6 Brands of Shoes Meghan Markle Always Has in Her Closet," 10 Dec. 2018 Orthofeet also offers an assortment of shoe styles, but this slipper is a bestseller thanks to its orthotic insole and comfy cushioning around the heel and ball of your foot. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, "The Best Plantar Fasciitis Shoes, According to Experts," 4 Dec. 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 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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