Meaning of CUSHION in English

CUSHION

n. & v.

--n.

1. a bag of cloth etc. stuffed with a mass of soft material, used as a soft support for sitting or leaning on etc.

2 a means of protection against shock.

3 the elastic lining of the sides of a billiard-table, from which the ball rebounds.

4 a body of air supporting a hovercraft etc.

5 the frog of a horse's hoof.

--v.tr.

1. provide or protect with a cushion or cushions.

2 provide with a defence; protect.

3 mitigate the adverse effects of (cushioned the blow).

4 quietly suppress.

5 place or bounce (the ball) against the cushion in billiards.

Derivatives:

cushiony adj.

Etymology: ME f. OF co(i)ssin, cu(i)ssin f. Gallo-Roman f. L culcita mattress, cushion

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.