Meaning of CUSHION in English


n. & v.


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.

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.


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.