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cush·ion  (kshn)
1. A pad or pillow with a soft filling, used for resting, reclining, or kneeling.
2. Something resilient used as a rest, support, or shock absorber.
3. A mat placed or attached beneath carpeting to provide softness and increase durability.
4. A padlike body part.
5. Games The rim bordering the playing surface of a billiard table.
6. A pillow used in lacemaking.
7. Something that mitigates or relieves an adverse effect: extra funds serving as a cushion against future inflation.
tr.v. cush·ioned, cush·ion·ing, cush·ions
1. To provide with a cushion: cushion a bench.
2. To place or seat on a cushion.
3. To cover or hide (something) with or as if with a cushion.
4. To protect from impacts or other disturbing effects: an automobile suspension that cushions the ride.
5. To mitigate the effects of; absorb the shock of: cushion a blow.

[Middle English cushin, from Old French coussin, from Vulgar Latin *coxnum, from Latin coxa, hip.]

cushion·y adj.

cushion  /kn/  n. 1 a type of soft pillow: The cushions on the sofa are covered with silk. 2 fig. s.t. extra, a margin of safety, (syn.) a reserve: We keep an extra $3,000 in our checking account as a cushion for emergencies.
v. [T] to soften the force or harm of s.t.: Her company fired her, but cushioned the blow by paying her for six months while she looks for another job. cushion

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