- a soft pillow, usually square, for sitting on, kneeling on, resting one's head on etc.
- something which absorbs a shock or a hit
- the lip around a pool table which absorbs some of the impact of the billiard balls and which bounces them back
- to provide a soft pillow cushion
- to absorb or deaden the impact of something
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
CUSHION. He has deserved the cushion; a saying of one
whose wife is brought to bed of a boy: implying, that
having done his business effectually, he may now indulge or
- The Devil's Dictionary (Ambrose Bierce)
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
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.
Cushion capital.(Arch.) A capital
so sculptured as to appear like a cushion pressed down by the
weight of its entablature. (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 faces. -- Cushion
star (Zoöl.) a pentagonal starfish
belonging to Goniaster, Astrogonium, and other
allied genera; -- so called from its form.
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
Many who are cushioned on thrones would
have remained in obscurity.
2. To furnish with cushions; as, to
cushion a chaise.
3. To conceal or cover up, as under a
Cushioned hammer, a dead-stroke hammer.
See under Dead-stroke.
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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