- 1A bag of cloth stuffed with a mass of soft material, used as a comfortable support for sitting or leaning on: comfortable chairs and sofas piled with cushionsMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2Something providing support or protection against impact: underlay forms a cushion between carpet and floorMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2.1The elastic lining of the sides of a billiard table, from which the ball rebounds.More example sentences
- 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.
- 2.2The layer of air supporting a hovercraft or similar vehicle.More example sentences
- The vehicle hovers safely on its own cushion of air.
- The air cushion is ‘trapped’ under the hovercraft by a skirt around the edge.
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- 1Soften the effect of an impact on: the bag cushions equipment from inevitable knocksMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2Mitigate the adverse effects of: to cushion the blow, wages and pensions were increasedMore example sentences
- 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.
- cushioned seatsMore example sentences
- 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.
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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.
Middle English: from Old French cuissin, based on a Latin word meaning 'cushion for the hip', from coxa 'hip, thigh'. The Romans also had a word cubital 'elbow cushion', from cubitus 'elbow'.