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  • 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
repose himself.
- 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 to raise.
Dryden.

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. Halliwell.

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 cushion.

Many who are cushioned on thrones would have remained in obscurity.
Bolingbroke.

2. To furnish with cushions; as, to cushion a chaise.

3. To conceal or cover up, as under a cushion.

Cushioned hammer, a dead-stroke hammer. See under Dead-stroke.

- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)



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