cushion

Fabric filled with foam, feathers, or other padding material make a cushion, which can be used to make something like a chair or sofa more comfortable.

The noun cushion can also refer to anything that is used to soften an impact or absorb shocks. In modern cars, for example, sometimes in a crash or accident, air bags will deploy and act as cushions for the passengers to prevent them from injuring themselves on hard surfaces like the dashboard or steering wheel. A cushion isn't necessarily a physical one, however, as you may want to keep an emergency fund as a cushion in case of unexpected expenses. As a verb, cushion means to protect from the impact of negative information so if you have bad news, you'll want to cushion the blow as much as possible.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: cushion

1
v
protect from impact
2
n
a soft bag filled with air or a mass of padding such as feathers or foam rubber etc.
3
n
the layer of air that supports a hovercraft or similar vehicle
4
n
a mechanical damper; absorbs energy of sudden impulses
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: cushion
1

v protect from impact

cushion the blow”
Synonyms:
buffer, soften
Type of:
modify
make less severe or harsh or extreme
2

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

Types:
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air cushion, inflatable cushion
a cushion usually made of rubber or plastic that can be inflated
gaddi
a cushion on a throne for a prince in India
hassock
a cushion for kneeling on (as when praying in church)
head restraint, headrest
a cushion attached to the top of the back of an automobile's seat to prevent whiplash
pillow
a cushion to support the head of a sleeping person
pincushion
a small stiff cushion into which pins are stuck ready for use
seat cushion
a cushion that makes a seat more comfortable
throw pillow
a small cushion that is used for decorative purposes
bed pillow
a soft pillow for use on a bed
bolster, long pillow
a pillow that is often put across a bed underneath the regular pillows
Type of:
cushioning, padding
artifact consisting of soft or resilient material used to fill or give shape or protect or add comfort
3

n the layer of air that supports a hovercraft or similar vehicle

Type of:
bed, layer
single thickness of usually some homogeneous substance
4

n a mechanical damper; absorbs energy of sudden impulses

Synonyms:
shock, shock absorber
Types:
air cushion, air spring
a mechanical device using confined air to absorb the shock of motion
Type of:
damper, muffler
a device that decreases the amplitude of electronic, mechanical, acoustical, or aerodynamic oscillations
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