cush·​ion·​ing | \ ˈku̇-sh(ə-)niŋ How to pronounce cushioning (audio) \

Definition of cushioning

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: 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



Definition of cushioning (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

First Known Use of cushioning


1830, in the meaning defined above


1851, in the meaning defined above

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“Cushioning.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jun. 2020.

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: soft material that is used for comfort or protection

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