What does cushion mean?

Definitions for cushion
ˈkʊʃ əncush·ion

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word cushion.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. shock absorber, shock, cushion(noun)

    a mechanical damper; absorbs energy of sudden impulses

    "the old car needed a new set of shocks"

  2. cushion(noun)

    the layer of air that supports a hovercraft or similar vehicle

  3. cushion(verb)

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

  4. cushion, buffer, soften(verb)

    protect from impact

    "cushion the blow"


  1. cushion(Noun)

    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.

  2. cushion(Noun)

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

  3. cushion(Noun)

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

  4. cushion(Verb)

    to provide a soft pillow cushion

  5. cushion(Verb)

    to absorb or deaden the impact of something

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cushion(noun)

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

  2. Cushion(noun)

    anything resembling a cushion in properties or use

  3. Cushion(noun)

    a pad on which gilders cut gold leaf

  4. Cushion(noun)

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

  5. Cushion(noun)

    the elastic edge of a billiard table

  6. Cushion(noun)

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

  7. Cushion(verb)

    to seat or place on, or as on a cushion

  8. Cushion(verb)

    to furnish with cushions; as, to cushion a chaise

  9. Cushion(verb)

    to conceal or cover up, as under a cushion

  10. Origin: [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. 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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How to say cushion in sign language?

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  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. Charles Wilson:

    You've had some misguided efforts to cushion the selloff and that's ultimately led to the unintended consequence of making the situation worse.

  2. Robert Bleischwitz:

    The fans in front help to produce an air cushion, because the wing is tilted like a wedge and so the air is trapped below the wing surface and like a hovercraft it can elevate up at the beginning, so it can really lift off at nearly zero speed. And later you can tilt these thrusters in the front to get into a more streamlined, so which is then in the performance, better. So you use tillable rotors in the front to lift off at lower speed and fly at higher speed.

  3. Christopher Morley:

    Cherish all your happy moments: they make a fine cushion for old age.

  4. Carl Sandburg:

    Money is power, freedom, a cushion, the root of al evil, the sum of all blessings.

  5. Wesley Hadsell:

    I found my daughter’s jacket in his couch rolled up behind the cushion, i was just trying to make the evidence come to light. It’s not like I had the jacket, I didn’t plant the jacket, I didn’t know anything about that. It was the fact of the overwhelming information that led me there.

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