cushioning

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

Definition of cushioning

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

cushioning

adjective

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

Noun

1830, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1851, in the meaning defined above

Learn More About cushioning

Time Traveler for cushioning

Time Traveler

The first known use of cushioning was in 1830

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near cushioning

cushion head

cushioning

cushion pink

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for cushioning

Cite this Entry

“Cushioning.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cushioning. Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on cushioning

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for cushioning

Nglish: Translation of cushioning for Spanish Speakers

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Odd Habits and Quirks

  • image1926873504
  • Which of the following best describes an easily irritated person?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!