Synonyms of 'cushion'
1 pillowDictionary, pad, bolster
Her leg was propped up on two cushions.
2 protectionDictionary, cover, security
Housing benefit provides a cushion against hardship.
Innocence is no protection from the evils in our society.
There were barren wastes of field with no trees and no cover.
under pressure to tighten airport security
The land was flat, giving no scope for defence.
The heater should have a safety guard fitted.
innocents used as a human shield against attack
A system like ours lacks adequate safeguards for civil liberties.
a multinational buffer between the two sides
a bulwark of democracy
1 protectDictionary, support, pillow
The suspension is designed to cushion passengers from the effects of riding over rough roads.
2 softenDictionary, dampen, muffle
He spoke gently, trying to cushion the blow of rejection.
He could not think how to soften the blow of what he had to tell her.
Nothing seemed to dampen his enthusiasm.
He held a handkerchief over the mouthpiece to muffle his voice.
ways of mitigating the effects of an explosion
They managed to deaden the sound.
Liz thought of Barry and suppressed a smile.
Critics have accused them of trying to stifle debate.
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A bolster is a firm pillow shaped like a long tube which is sometimes put across a bed under the ordinary pillows.
Make a bolster to fit across the width of a bed.
If you bolster something such as someone's confidence or courage, you increase it.
a number of measures intended to bolster morale
Thesaurus for cushion from the Collins English Thesaurus
A cushion is a fabric case filled with soft material , which you put on a seat to make it more comfortable .