Definition of cushion in English:

cushion

Syllabification: cush·ion
Pronunciation: /ˈko͝oSHən
 
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noun

  • 1A pillow or pad stuffed with a mass of soft material, used as a comfortable support for sitting or leaning on.
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    • Some play stuff for the children, travel pillows, cushions and soft pillows best suited for babies are added attractions.
    • I leaned into the soft cushions of the ratty old furniture as the phone rang.
    • But over the last year or so, she has also taken to making her own soft furnishings - cushions, curtains and covers - using top-quality materials.
  • 1.1Something providing support or protection against impact: the pad forms a cushion between carpet and floor figurative a poll showed the candidate with a 14-point cushion
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    • This is where the cushion of payment protection was supposed to break Mr Moore's fall.
    • Companies with high net profit margins have a bigger cushion to protect themselves during the hard times.
    • What a practical economist would say is that you need a cushion to protect people.
    Synonyms
    protection, buffer, shield, defense, bulwark
  • 1.2The elastic lining of the sides of a billiard table, from which the ball rebounds.
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    • But the new player, having to cut the black back to a blind corner pocket with the cue-ball close to the side cushion, over-cut it and left his player a simple chance.
    • It's now time for the lag, and his ball is glued to the cushion as my ball stops embarrassingly at mid-table.
    • Each shot must always hit the lowest numbered ball on the table first and then pocket a ball or make two balls reach a cushion.
  • 1.3The layer of air supporting a hovercraft or similar vehicle.
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    • The vehicle hovers safely on its own cushion of air.
    • The air cushion is ‘trapped’ under the hovercraft by a skirt around the edge.

verb

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  • 1Soften the effect of an impact on: the bag cushions equipment from inevitable knocks
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    • My bike landed between two rocks, which acted like shock absorbers and cushioned the impact.
    • Instead, the impact was cushioned by a sort of air bag of small plates in what is now the Caribbean Sea.
    • The museum staff had placed sandbags and foam rubber around those heavy stone sculptures to cushion the impact if they fell.
    Synonyms
    protect, shield, shelter, cocoon
  • 1.1Mitigate the adverse effects of: he called for federal assistance to cushion the blow for farmers
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    • He said the suspension would also give time to the 33-man committee set up by the Nigerian government on Monday to find ways of cushioning the adverse effects of the price increases on Nigerians.
    • Social policy is a tool that in principle can be used by governments to cushion the adverse effects of external liberalization.
    • While oversupply of goods produced by the stronger economy is possible, that economy's strengths generally cushion it better from adversity.
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Derivatives

cushioned

adjective
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  • The interiors have soft colours, stone and cement walls, wooden cushioned seats and sofas in the A / C room.
  • Sitting back, Rose relaxed at the comfort of the cushioned seat and closed her eyes for a brief moment.
  • Above these back wheels was a simple cotton cloth cushioned seat, and a canvas canopy that covered the heads of the passengers was supported by painted metal poles.

cushiony

adjective
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  • The fiber pads are firm, and most consumers prefer the soft cushiony feel of bonded polyurethane pads that are made from recycled carpet pads and post-industrial scrap from furniture manufacturers.
  • The marble floor was replaced with the same material that was in the sparring dome, a soft, cushiony, smooth material that wouldn't hurt when you fell on it.
  • The cushiony soft pillow was a very welcome change.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French cuissin, based on a Latin word meaning 'cushion for the hip', from coxa 'hip, thigh'.

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