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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 *coxīnum, from Latin coxa, hip.]

cush′ion·y adj.
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Adj.1.cushiony - softened by the addition of cushions or paddingcushiony - softened by the addition of cushions or padding
soft - yielding readily to pressure or weight
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Four keen eyes noted the soft, cushiony double chin, the heavy breasts, ample stomach, spreading hips, and thick shoulders, rounded from many years of bending over her kitchen table.
'em all for shapes: you see he holds his head like a sodger, and he isn't so cushiony as most o' the oldish gentlefolks--they run fat in general; and he's got a fine leg.
It takes some guts to show off such huge bosoms, but given the choice I bet most men would rather cuddle up to Dawn's soft, cushiony cleavage than try to rest their heads upon harder, artificially assisted bosoms.: Fat's not a nice thing to say:Sean connery is being sued by a New York neighbour who describes him as 'rude', 'foul-mouthed', and 'fat'.
Standing just 5ft 1in, hair pinned up and a crisp blue jacket straining over her large cushiony bust, she looks more like a favourite great aunt than a psychic healer.
Created exclusively for women by women, this stylish, form-fitting sports shoe is lightweight, flexible and cushiony enough for long runs-or a day at the mall.
Use the soft black side for applying liquids and creams and the cushiony white-flocked side to apply powder formulas or help seamlessly blend product.
Baracus and Michael Knight on "Back in the Day." Fondly reminiscing about his carefree youth (circa 1984) when all the problems of the world could be solved in a game of hoop, Barnett urgently cries, "I was nine/You were 10/We played basketball/Damn, you always win/Riding around on our bicycles/And now we all got cars/And things sure seem too real." While Barnett's voice is vibrant and full of life, the arrangement is refreshingly raw and rough around the edges with its Neil Young-worthy guitar twang, crashing drums and cushiony harmonies that not only makes listeners long for "back in the day," but momentarily transports them there.
Cushiony Santoprene grips protect the web of the hand, without pushing the hand back and thus reducing the index finger's reach to the trigger.
Sliced dangerously thin, the seared outer layer is disconnected from the cushiony inner and the yoghurt is nowhere in sight.
Friends and family know only too well the infinitesimal details she gets into as homemaker and nurturer of her family-from the signature dishes that her kitchen produces (the latest hit is her homemade ensaymada), to the flower arrangements (she started Rustan's Flower Shop), to the furniture selection (she likes them huge and cushiony so that her grandchildren can romp and tumble on them).
Deschanel declares "love like ours is terrible news" on the opening, pristine pop opus, "Thieves." Deschanel's chirpy, angelic voice alongside layered chimy, cascading guitars and cushiony harmonies create a dreamy, trancelike haze that is both elegant and timeless.
Carbopol Ultrez 10 polymer stabilizes the emulsion and provides the light, fresh texture during initial application, while the combination of Schercemol DISM and DISD Ester provide the cushiony, persistent afterfeel and contribute to anti-migration properties.