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Meaning of CUSHION

Pronunciation:  'kûshun

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  a soft bag filled with air or a mass of padding such as feathers or foam rubber etc.
  2. [n]  a mechanical damper; absorbs energy of sudden impulses; "the old car needed a new set of shocks"
  3. [v]  protect from impact; "cushion the blow"
 

CUSHION is a 7 letter word that starts with C.

 

 Synonyms: buffer, shock, shock absorber, soften
 
 See Also: air cushion, air spring, cushioning, damper, gaddi, hassock, head restraint, headrest, inflatable cushion, modify, muffler, padding, pillow, pincushion, seat cushion, suspension, suspension system, throw pillow

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \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.
                                                   --Dryden.
    
    2. Anything resembling a cushion in properties or use; as:
       (a) a pad on which gilders cut gold leaf;
       (b) a mass of steam in the end of the cylinder of a steam
           engine to receive the impact of the piston;
       (c) the elastic edge of a billiard table.
    
    3. A riotous kind of dance, formerly common at weddings; --
       called also {cushion dance}. --Halliwell.
    
    {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.
    
    
  2. \Cush"ion\ (k??sh"?n), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Cushioned}
    (-?nd); p. pr. & vb. {Cushioning}.]
    1. To seat or place on, or as on a cushion.
    
             Many who are cushioned on thrones would have
             remained in obscurity.                --Bolingbroke.
    
    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}.
    
    
 
Biology Dictionary
 
 Definition: A swollen floral stem on which several small flowers are borne.
 
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