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cush·​ion·​ing ˈku̇-sh(ə-)niŋ How to pronounce cushioning (audio)
: protection against force or shock provided by a cushion
Wearers will be able to pump air into the shoe's sole for extra cushioning.Joseph Pereira
Ligaments keep the vertebrae in place during movement, and fibrous disks with jellylike centers provide cushioning between them.Jane E. Brody
As part of NASA's "better, faster, cheaper" philosophy, the most recent missions to Mars largely relied on airbag cushioning for a soft landing.Beth Daley
Engineered flooring goes down over a thin foam sheet, which provides cushioning and sound-dampening.Joseph Truini


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: providing protection against force or shock : providing or serving as a cushion
Investigators are testing new kinds of cushioning material.Think
The ads will promote two key cushioning technologies …Jeff Jensen
Normal wear and tear also erodes the cushioning cartilage in our knees and hips, which decreases height a bit.Bob Guldin
But when they become wet from perspiration, cotton or wool socks hold the moisture against your skin and lose their cushioning ability …University Of California, Berkeley Wellness Letter
The mission also demonstrated a low-cost means of landing on Mars using cushioning airbags …Astronomy

Examples of cushioning in a Sentence

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There’s plenty of padding and cushioning to make this super comfortable, with a padded headrest and removable newborn inserts, as well as padded shoulder harnesses. Jessica Booth, Parents, 14 Feb. 2024 They’re designed with the same cushioning and arch support as the brand’s other slippers and are available in black, natural leopard, and toffee — but not for much longer. Alexandra Domrongchai, Travel + Leisure, 12 Feb. 2024 This Tuft & Needle Original Queen Mattress gets great reviews for hitting that just-right balance of firm support and soft cushioning. Jessica Kasparian, SELF, 6 Feb. 2024 The style has open toes, providing air circulation to keep them dry, while the soft sheepskin lining still offers cloud-like cushioning that everyone looks for in a good pair of house shoes. Kayla Blanton, Peoplemag, 25 Jan. 2024 Our first test involved walking across each rug with our bare feet to examine the plushness and cushioning of the rug. Nor'adila Hepburn, Southern Living, 25 Jan. 2024 The touchdown should have been gentle because of the moon’s weaker gravity, as well as cushioning from five small spherical shock absorbers. Jonathan O'Callaghan, Scientific American, 19 Jan. 2024 This modern loveseat is designed with faux leather and outfitted with a supportive foam cushioning and wooden frame. Monica Bell, Peoplemag, 9 Jan. 2024 In: Memory Foam Neck Pillows Out: Plush neck pillows A neck pillow can make a major impact on your flight by providing cushioning for a more sound sleep. Merrell Readman, Travel + Leisure, 17 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1830, in the meaning defined above


1851, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cushioning was in 1830

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“Cushioning.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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