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Definition of cushion noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1(also pillow) a cloth bag filled with soft material or feathers that is used, for example, to make a seat more comfortable matching curtains and cushions a floor cushion (= a large cushion that you put on the floor to sit on) (figurative) a cushion of moss on a rock
  2. 2a layer of something between two surfaces that keeps them apart A hovercraft rides on a cushion of air. Underlay forms a cushion between the carpet and the floor, to minimize wear.
  3. 3[usually singular] cushion (against something) something that protects you against something unpleasant that might happen His savings were a comfortable cushion against financial problems. The team built up a safe cushion of twenty points in the first half.
  4. 4(in the game of billiards, etc.) the soft inside edge along each side of the table that the balls bounce off
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