cushion


cushion
cush|ion1 [ `kuʃn ] noun *
▸ 1 soft cover for seat
▸ 2 layer separating objects
▸ 3 protection against something
▸ 4 amount someone is winning by
▸ 5 edge of table in games
1. ) count a cloth bag filled with something soft such as feathers, used for making a seat more comfortable
2. ) count a layer that separates two objects and prevents one from hitting or touching the other:
The air cushion reduces the boat's contact with water.
3. ) singular something, especially money, that is a protection against the possible effects of something bad:
a cushion against inflation
4. ) singular a number of points or goals by which you are winning during a game or competition:
Grayson's goal gives the team a five-point cushion.
5. ) count the rubber inner edge of the table that you hit balls against in games such as SNOOKER or BILLIARDS
cushion
cush|ion 2 [ `kuʃn ] verb transitive
1. ) if a soft object or substance cushions someone or something, it protects them from the effects of a fall or a hit:
Our landing was cushioned by deep snow.
2. ) to protect a person or thing from the harmful effects of something:
cushion someone/something from/against something: Computer rental packages cushion customers against upgrade costs.
cushion the blow
1. ) to reduce the bad effects of something
2. ) to reduce the effect of a fall or hit

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • cushion — [koosh′ən] n. [ME cuisshin < OFr coissin < ML coxinum, altered (after L coxa, hip) < Gallo Roman * culcinum, for L culcita, cushion, QUILT] 1. a pillow or soft pad for sitting or kneeling on, or reclining against; specif., a removable… …   English World dictionary

  • Cushion — Cush ion (k??sh ?n), n. [OE. cuischun, quisshen, OF. coissin, cuissin, F. coussin, fr. (assumed) LL. culcitinum, dim. of L. culcita cushion, mattress, pillow. See {Quilt}, and cf. {Counterpoint} a {coverlet}.] 1. A case or bag stuffed with some… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cushion — Cush ion (k[oo^]sh [u^]n), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Cushioned} ( [u^]nd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Cushioning}.] 1. To seat or place on, or as on a cushion. [1913 Webster] Many who are cushioned on thrones would have remained in obscurity. Bolingbroke. [1913 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cushion — (n.) c.1300, from O.Fr. coissin seat cushion (12c., Mod.Fr. coussin), probably a variant of V.L. *coxinum, from L. coxa hip, thigh, or from L. culcita mattress. Someone has counted more than 400 spellings of the plural of this word in M.E. wills… …   Etymology dictionary

  • cushion — [n] pillow, pad beanbag, bolster, buffer, bumper, fender, hassock, headrest, mat, rest, seat, sham, squab, woolsack; concepts 444,464,484 cushion [v] pad, protect from blow bolster, buttress, cradle, dampen, deaden, insulate, muffle, pillow,… …   New thesaurus

  • cushion — ► NOUN 1) a bag of cloth stuffed with a mass of soft material, used as a comfortable support for sitting or leaning on. 2) a source of support or protection against impact. 3) the elastic lining of the sides of a billiard table, from which the… …   English terms dictionary

  • cushion — index bear (support), ease, mitigate, modify (moderate), protect Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton …   Law dictionary

  • cushion — [[t]k ʊʃ(ə)n[/t]] cushions, cushioning, cushioned 1) N COUNT A cushion is a fabric case filled with soft material, which you put on a seat to make it more comfortable. ...a velvet cushion. 2) N COUNT A cushion is a soft pad or barrier, especially …   English dictionary

  • cushion — cushionless, adj. cushionlike, adj. /koosh euhn/, n. 1. a soft bag of cloth, leather, or rubber, filled with feathers, air, foam rubber, etc., on which to sit, kneel, or lie. 2. anything similar in form, used to dampen shocks or to prevent… …   Universalium

  • cushion — cush|ion1 S3 [ˈkuʃən] n [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: coissin, from Vulgar Latin coxinus, from Latin coxa hip ] 1.) a cloth bag filled with soft material that you put on a chair or the floor to make it more comfortable →↑pillow ▪ a… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • cushion — I UK [ˈkʊʃ(ə)n] / US noun Word forms cushion : singular cushion plural cushions * 1) [countable] a cloth bag filled with something soft such as feathers, used for making a seat more comfortable 2) [countable] a layer that separates two objects… …   English dictionary