cushion ( cushions plural & 3rd person present) ( cushioning present participle) ( cushioned past tense & past participle )
1 n-count A cushion is a fabric case filled with soft material, which you put on a seat to make it more comfortable.
...a velvet cushion.
2 n-count A cushion is a soft pad or barrier, especially one that protects something.
The company provides a styrofoam cushion to protect the tablets during shipping.
3 verb Something that cushions an object when it hits something protects it by reducing the force of the impact.
There is also a new steering wheel with an energy absorbing rim to cushion the driver's head in the worst impacts... V n
The suspension is designed to cushion passengers from the effects of riding over rough roads. V n from n
4 verb To cushion the effect of something unpleasant means to reduce it.
They said Western aid was needed to cushion the blows of vital reform... V n
The subsidies are designed to cushion farmers against unpredictable weather. V n against n
5 n-count Something that is a cushionagainst something unpleasant reduces its effect. usu sing, usu with supp Housing benefit provides a cushion against hardship.
scatter cushion ( scatter cushions plural ) Scatter cushions are small cushions for use on sofas and chairs. n-count usu pl
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