What does cushion mean?

Definitions for cushion
ˈkʊʃ əncush·ion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. shock absorber, shock, cushionnoun

    a mechanical damper; absorbs energy of sudden impulses

    "the old car needed a new set of shocks"

  2. cushionnoun

    the layer of air that supports a hovercraft or similar vehicle

  3. cushionverb

    a soft bag filled with air or a mass of padding such as feathers or foam rubber etc.

  4. cushion, buffer, softenverb

    protect from impact

    "cushion the blow"

Wiktionary

  1. cushionnoun

    A soft mass of material stuffed into a cloth bag, used for comfort or support; for sitting on, kneeling on, resting one's head on etc.

    Etymology: From coissin (modern coussin), ultimately from coxa ‘hip, thigh’.

  2. cushionnoun

    Something acting as a cushion, especially to absorb a shock or impact.

    Etymology: From coissin (modern coussin), ultimately from coxa ‘hip, thigh’.

  3. cushionnoun

    The lip around a table in cue sports which absorbs some of the impact of the billiard balls and bounces them back.

    Etymology: From coissin (modern coussin), ultimately from coxa ‘hip, thigh’.

  4. cushionverb

    to provide a soft pillow cushion

    Etymology: From coissin (modern coussin), ultimately from coxa ‘hip, thigh’.

  5. cushionverb

    to absorb or deaden the impact of something

    Etymology: From coissin (modern coussin), ultimately from coxa ‘hip, thigh’.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cushionnoun

    a case or bag stuffed with some soft and elastic material, and used to sit or recline upon; a soft pillow or pad

    Etymology: [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.]

  2. Cushionnoun

    anything resembling a cushion in properties or use

    Etymology: [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.]

  3. Cushionnoun

    a pad on which gilders cut gold leaf

    Etymology: [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.]

  4. Cushionnoun

    a mass of steam in the end of the cylinder of a steam engine to receive the impact of the piston

    Etymology: [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.]

  5. Cushionnoun

    the elastic edge of a billiard table

    Etymology: [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.]

  6. Cushionnoun

    a riotous kind of dance, formerly common at weddings; -- called also cushion dance

    Etymology: [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.]

  7. Cushionverb

    to seat or place on, or as on a cushion

    Etymology: [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.]

  8. Cushionverb

    to furnish with cushions; as, to cushion a chaise

    Etymology: [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.]

  9. Cushionverb

    to conceal or cover up, as under a cushion

    Etymology: [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.]

Freebase

  1. Cushion

    A cushion is a soft bag of some ornamental material, stuffed with wool, hair, feathers, polyester staple fiber, non-woven material, or even paper torn into fragments. It may be used for sitting or kneeling upon, or to soften the hardness or angularity of a chair or couch. A cushion is also referred to as a bolster, hassock, headrest and a sham. Cushions and rugs can be used temporarily outside to soften a hard ground. They can be placed on sunloungers and used to prevent annoyances from moist grass and biting insects. Some dialects of English use this word to refer to throw pillows as well. The cushion is a very ancient article of furniture; the inventories of the contents of palaces and great houses in the early Middle Ages constantly made mention of them. Cushions were then often of great size, covered with leather, and firm enough to serve as a seat, but the steady tendency of all furniture has been to grow smaller with time. Cushions were, indeed, used as seats at all events in France and Spain at a very much later period, and in Saint-Simon's time we find that in the Spanish court they were still regarded as a peculiarly honourable substitute for a chair. In France, the right to kneel upon a cushion in church behind the king was jealously guarded and strictly regulated, as we learn again from Saint-Simon. This type of cushion was called a carreau, or square. When seats were rude and hard, cushions may have been a necessity; they are now one of the minor luxuries of life.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Cushion

    koosh′un, n. a case filled with some soft, elastic stuff, for resting on: a pillow: the 'pillow' used in making bone-lace: an engraver's pad: the rubber of an electrical machine: a pad supporting a woman's hair: the elastic lining of the inner side of a billiard-table: a body of steam remaining in the cylinder of a steam-engine, acting as a buffer to the piston.—v.t. to seat on or furnish with a cushion.—p.adj. Cush′ioned, furnished with a cushion, padded: having cushion-tires.—ns. Cush′ionet, a little cushion; Cush′ion-tire, a bicycle tire made of india-rubber tubing, with india-rubber stuffing.—adj. Cush′iony, like a cushion, soft. [O. Fr. coissin—L. coxinum, coxa, hip.]

Editors Contribution

  1. cushion

    A type of furnishing and product created and designed in various colors, materials, shapes, sizes and styles for a variety of purposes.

    People use a cushion for a variety of reasons, to support the body or a part of the body, to decorate a room etc.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 5, 2016  

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cushion in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cushion in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of cushion in a Sentence

  1. Bernard Aw:

    The margin rollover will likely help reduce the pace of margin calls, and also cushion the decline of outstanding margin debt.

  2. Paul Ryan:

    This gets us closer, we have plenty of cushion. We are well within our timeline.

  3. Russell Solomon:

    There might be more risk to a standalone entity without the other businesses to cushion the cyclicality.

  4. Josh Frydenberg:

    We have done everything possible to cushion the blow for the Australian community from Covid-19, our priority has and will continue to be saving lives and ensuring that Australia's healthcare system has the capacity to test and to trace and to treat coronavirus cases.

  5. Olaf Biedermann:

    We have a unique technology integrated; it is piezoelectric sensors integrated in the seat cushion. Very simple and robust, and our way to measure the information.

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