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 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

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Other Words from cushion

Noun

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Featuring the same Purple grid technology, this seat and back cushion set turns any chair into a comfy, more ergonomic setup. Nicola Fumo, Forbes, "49 Unique Mother’s Day Gift Ideas For All The Special Moms In Your Life," 7 May 2021 Chance Griner beat out a slow roller to short for a 3-1 cushion and eventually scored on a wild pitch. al, "Auburn commit Elliott Bray, Hartselle force Game 3 with Oxford in 6A quarterfinals, more scores," 7 May 2021 Chelsea was five points outside the four Champions League qualification places when he was hired, but heads into the final four games of the Premier League season in fourth place with a three-point cushion. Rob Harris, ajc, "Chelsea beats Madrid to set up all-English CL final vs City," 6 May 2021 The earrings are made with pear and cushion-shaped sapphires, while the necklace features octagonal step-cut sapphires -- all ringed by diamonds. CNN, "This rare jewelry set up for auction once belonged to Napoleon's daughter," 6 May 2021 But the Great Danes scored three times in a 70-second stretch to regain a four-goal cushion at 11-7 with 46.1 seconds left in the frame. Edward Lee, baltimoresun.com, "Opening proves to be ending for UMBC men’s lacrosse in 14-12 loss to Albany," 6 May 2021 Chelsea was five points outside the four Champions League qualification places when he was hired, but heads into the final four games of the Premier League season in fourth place with a three-point cushion. Rob Harris, Star Tribune, "Chelsea beats Madrid to set up all-English CL final vs City," 5 May 2021 The Original model is our pick for the best mattress-in-a-box for giving cushion to out tester's pressure points and being relaxing regardless of her sleeping position. Jon Winkler, USA TODAY, "Nectar, Tuft & Needle and more mattress sale events to celebrate Better Sleep Month," 4 May 2021 For example, broad-shoulder hangers for heavier coats, pant-suit hangers with clips for slacks, and padded hangers that provide cushion for delicate items. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "How to Care for Vintage and Delicate Garments," 3 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb With shrinking bookings, the government has stepped in to cushion the blow to the tourism sector. BostonGlobe.com, "Egyptology is having a big moment. But will tourists come?," 24 Apr. 2021 Each of these institutions has pledged to increase its financial aid to help cushion the impact of the increases. Michael T. Nietzel, Forbes, "These Major Universities Have Announced They Won’t Increase Tuition For Next Year," 15 Apr. 2021 Rather than require customers to pay their entire bill at once, electric providers could allow for a payment plan and municipal power companies may seek to securitize the debt and extend repayment over several years to cushion the impact. Russell Gold, WSJ, "Texas Grapples With Crushing Power Bills After Freeze," 23 Feb. 2021 Congress is still stuck in a partisan stalemate over the size and scope of any additional aid to help cushion the financial impact to people and businesses. Damian J. Troise And Alex Veiga, Star Tribune, "Steady gains for stocks deliver more records on Wall Street," 8 Dec. 2020 Some 50 people assembled near the Houses of Parliament to protest the ongoing negotiations for the trade deal, which the U.K. government is counting on to cushion the impact of Britain’s departure from the European Union. Bloomberg.com, "Oxford Street Trade Protest Includes Trump, Cows and Pigs," 24 Oct. 2020 The payments, which are being made to cushion the blow from the coronvirus pandemic, started with $1,200 payments in the first round last spring and $600 payments in a second round of payments approved by Congress in December. Martin Crutsinger, Star Tribune, "Treasury: $242 billion in new relief payments already sent," 17 Mar. 2021 In an attempt to cushion France’s economy, Mr. Macron left the country relatively open during the depths of winter and then hewed to softer restrictions in mid-March as infections surged and intensive-care units in Paris overflowed. Matthew Dalton, WSJ, "France’s Macron, Under Fire for Pandemic Strategy, Weighs Tougher Lockdown," 31 Mar. 2021 The memory foam relief layer is specifically designed to cushion your pressure points, including your hips and shoulders. Korin Miller, Forbes, "The 9 Best Mattresses For Side Sleepers Combine Comfort And Support," 20 Mar. 2021

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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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Time Traveler for cushion

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The first known use of cushion was in the 14th century

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12 May 2021

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“Cushion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cushion. Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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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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