Meaning of CUSHION in English


I. cush ‧ ion 1 S3 /ˈkʊʃ ə n/ BrE AmE noun [countable]

[ Date: 1300-1400 ; Language: Old French ; Origin: coissin , from Vulgar Latin coxinus , from Latin coxa 'hip' ]

1 . a cloth bag filled with soft material that you put on a chair or the floor to make it more comfortable ⇨ pillow :

a velvet cushion

a cushion cover

2 . something that stops one thing from hitting another thing:

Good sports shoes should provide a cushion when running.

3 . [usually singular] something, especially money, that prevents you from being immediately affected by a bad situation

cushion against

Savings can act as a cushion against unemployment.

4 . the soft rubber edge of the table used for playing ↑ billiards or ↑ snooker

II. cushion 2 BrE AmE verb [transitive]

1 . to make the effect of a fall or hit less painful, for example by having something soft in the way:

His landing was cushioned by the fresh snow that had fallen.

2 . to protect someone from an unpleasant situation or the unpleasant effects of something

cushion the blow/impact (of something)

generous leaving allowances to help cushion the blow of redundancy

cushion somebody from/against something

Parents today often feel their children should be cushioned from the outside world.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.