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Meaning of CUSHION

Pronunciation:  'kûshun

WordNet Dictionary
  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
  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.
    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
       (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
    {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
Biology Dictionary
 Definition: A swollen floral stem on which several small flowers are borne.
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