Definition of

Cushion

  1. (noun, artifact) a mechanical damper; absorbs energy of sudden impulses
  2. (noun, artifact) the layer of air that supports a hovercraft or similar vehicle
  3. (noun, artifact) a soft bag filled with air or a mass of padding such as feathers or foam rubber etc.
  4. (verb, contact) protect from impact

via WordNet, Princeton University

Synonyms of Cushion

buffer, shock, shock absorber, soften

Origin of the word Cushion

  1. 1302, from O.Fr. coissin "seat cushion," probably a var. of V.L. *coxinum, from L. coxa "hip, thigh," or from L. culcita "mattress." Someone has counted more than 400 spellings of the pl. of this word in M.E. wills and inventories. The verb, in the figurative sense, is from 1863. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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