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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
cushion the effect of sth (=make it less bad)
▪ Lower mortgage rates will cushion the effect of rising house prices.
scatter cushion
soften/cushion the blow (=make it easier to deal with)
▪ There are various ways to soften the blow of redundancy among staff.
whoopee cushion
▪ To complement such styles, Belinda Coote has a lovely range of wall-hanging tapestries and cushion covers.
▪ As well as sweaters you can make toys, baby clothes, cushion covers and all sorts of craft and household items.
▪ And why else should the cushion covers have been ripped off?
▪ It will no doubt suit a good top coat, or perhaps cushion covers or possibly a bed cover.
▪ She ripped a cushion cover into strips and used them to make a gag.
▪ Attach to the perimeter of the cushion cover.
▪ However, some passenger seat cushions and a significant number of passengers' bodies were recovered and taken to Rhodes.
▪ The football fans at the Super Bowl this month will find an unusual giveaway tucked under their seat cushions.
▪ The flattening of the seat cushion at this instant is owed to the driver's weight at a prior instant.
▪ One of the seat cushions had fallen off the sofa during the night.
▪ Make ties to fasten simple slip covers for chairs or to tie seat cushions to chair backs.
▪ Sections of the aircraft had already been recovered and tests revealed traces of explosives in seat cushions and luggage.
▪ Maintenance contracts now give the company a cushion of £1.5m of income.
▪ This gave them a cushion of safety but often meant that the opposition found it easier to make space in midfield.
▪ I laughed silently as I sat against a hard cushion in the palm-frond house looking at the brown eyes around me.
▪ He could not, even when he sat on two cushions, sit easily.
▪ Ari nodded and sat down on the cushions.
▪ Good shoes should provide a cushion when running on concrete.
▪ She sat cross-legged on a cushion on the floor.
▪ The Red Wings had a three-point cushion in the second period.
▪ Benjy pushed the cushions back on to the couch.
▪ I made out what I could: My dear Irene, Thank you again for the cushions.
▪ In the familiar blue nightgown and flannel robe, Aunt Mary, propped against a cushion, sat next to me.
▪ Paul settles on a red and black cushion.
▪ She hid it under cushions, in vases, under the stair carpet, and then forgot where she had put it.
▪ The cushion was embroidered with a pattern of golden keys.
▪ The guests were offered cushions on the floor.
▪ To build up a bigger financial cushion for emergencies.
▪ To cushion the blow, wages and pensions were increased.
▪ Additionally, two presidential decrees on March 23 had been designed to cushion the blow of the price rises.
▪ There was no way to cushion the blow.
▪ Even where price increases have taken place, retailers with good stocks may be able to cushion the blow for a while.
▪ The thick, air-filled bone of the skull helps to cushion the blow.
▪ Many firms, it says, cushion the blow with new bonus schemes or lump sum payments.
▪ Colonel Goreng broke the news to me, making no effort to cushion the blow.
▪ Olszewski said on Jan. 6 that the government was planning compensation to cushion the impact of the rises.
▪ Parachutes, a pair of small rockets and air bags will cushion its impact.
▪ Peasants were also able to cushion the impact of indirect taxes by falling back on barter and home products when necessary.
▪ It would take all we had just to cushion the impact.
▪ Not surprisingly, there was enormous backbench pressure on the leadership either to amend the poll tax or to cushion its impact.
soften/cushion the blow
▪ Some of the money will be used to soften the blow of budget cuts to education.
▪ Additionally, two presidential decrees on March 23 had been designed to cushion the blow of the price rises.
▪ Even where price increases have taken place, retailers with good stocks may be able to cushion the blow for a while.
▪ Factories had closed, and thousands were out of work, without unemployment insurance to soften the blow.
▪ Help, or soften the blow.?
▪ Letting some one resign is a way to soften the blow.
▪ To cushion the blow, wages and pensions were increased.
▪ Try starting with a pat on the back to soften the blow of criticism.
▪ Mattresses on the ground cushioned his fall.
▪ But the spoils are enough to cushion the realisation that she will never be totally free of this marriage.
▪ Parachutes, a pair of small rockets and air bags will cushion its impact.
▪ To cushion the blow, wages and pensions were increased.
▪ Would she ring the warning bell that cushioned the little fellow from the worst of it?
The Collaborative International 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 soft and elastic material, and used to sit or recline upon; a soft pillow or pad.

    Two cushions stuffed with straw, the seat to raise.

  2. Anything resembling a cushion in properties or use; as:

    1. a pad on which gilders cut gold leaf;

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

    3. the elastic edge of a billiard table.

  3. A riotous kind of dance, formerly common at weddings; -- called also cushion dance.

    Cushion capital.(Arch.) A capital so sculptured as to appear like a cushion pressed down by the weight of its entablature. (b) A name given to a form of capital, much used in the Romanesque style, modeled like a bowl, the upper part of which is cut away on four sides, leaving vertical faces.

    Cushion star (Zo["o]l.) a pentagonal starfish belonging to Goniaster, Astrogonium, and other allied genera; -- so called from its form.


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.

    Many who are cushioned on thrones would have remained in obscurity.

  2. To furnish with cushions; as, to cushion a chaise.

  3. To conceal or cover up, as under a cushion.

    Cushioned hammer, a dead-stroke hammer. See under Dead-stroke.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1300, from Old French coissin "seat cushion" (12c., Modern French coussin), probably a variant of Vulgar Latin *coxinum, from Latin coxa "hip, thigh," or from Latin culcita "mattress." Someone has counted more than 400 spellings of the this word in Middle English wills and inventories. Also from the French word are Italian cuscino, Spanish cojin.


1730s, from cushion (n.). In the figurative sense, from 1863. Related: Cushioned; cushioning.


n. 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. vb. 1 To furnish with cushions. 2 To seat or place on, or as on a cushion. 3 To absorb or deaden the impact of. 4 To conceal or cover up, as under a cushion.

  1. n. a mechanical damper; absorbs energy of sudden impulses; "the old car needed a new set of shocks" [syn: shock absorber, shock]

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

  3. v. protect from impact; "cushion the blow" [syn: buffer, soften]


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. Decorative cushions often have a patterned cover material, and are used as decoration for furniture.

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. Today, the cushion is considered an upholstery item.

Cushion (Sonamoo EP)

Cushion is the second extended play (EP) by South Korean girl group Sonamoo. The album was released digitally and physically on July 22, 2015. The album contains six tracks with the lead single, "Cushion".

Usage examples of "cushion".

Beside the cushion was a vacant throne, radiant as morning in the East, ablaze with devices in gold and gems, a seat to fill the meanest soul with sensations of majesty and tempt dervishes to the sitting posture.

On the dressing table, ably guarded by a dark Regency armchair cushioned in yet another floral, sat an assemblage of antique silver-hair accessories and crystal perfume flacons, the grouping flanked by two small lamps, everything centered around a gold Empire vanity mirror.

Stepping around, Alec and Micum found him sprawled in a nest of cushions, books, and scrolls with the cat on his chest.

On the flat roof of his house, the Mahdi sat cross-legged on a low angareb, a couch covered with a silk prayer rug and strewn with cushions.

Behind the Mahdi, on another cushioned angareb, sat the Khalifa Abdullahi.

Cushions and bedclothes were scattered everywhere, colourful animatic dolls waddled around, either laughing or repeating their catch phrases.

Betsy perched on the arm of a sofa whose squashy cushions engulfed the anorectic ally thin journalist.

Silence leaned against the cushion she had brought with her into the aphonic ring, wishing she had brought another.

Emily promptly left her post to see what he had found: Chowdhury, head back against the cushions of the chair, mouth open, breath now losing its struggle for life, an aquarium on his lap, one hand in the aquarium.

Finally, within the spaces of the arachnoid is a lymph-like liquid which completely envelops the brain and the cord, and which, by serving as a watery cushion, protects them from jars and shocks.

He bowed before the low dais upon which the boy Light of Heaven reclined on cushions, then glanced with interest at the other assembled personages.

Ducking inside, she found the rider, Berelain, sipping tea with Amys and Bair and Sorilea, all stretched out on bright, tasseled cushions.

Supposedly in her bridal tent, lounging in a silken gown among silken cushions with kohl on her eyelids, henna on her fingertips, attar of rose, jasmine, and orange blossom perfuming the air, Zohra instead was standing on the very top of the Tel, dressed in an old caftan and trousers that she had stolen from her father.

Stripping off the caftan and trousers and hurriedly stuffing them beneath a cushion, Zohra dressed herself in the silken bridal gown.

Zohra slid back away from him as far as she could on the cushions of the bridal bed whose white silken sheets were now stained crimson red.