Cushion capital.(Arch.) A capital so sculptured as to appear like a cushion pressed down by the weight of its entablature. (b) A name given to a form of capital, much used in the Romanesque style, modeled like a bowl, the upper part of which is cut away on four sides, leaving vertical faces.Cushion star (Zoöl.) a pentagonal starfish belonging to Goniaster, Astrogonium, and other allied genera; — so called from its form.

(Cush"ion) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Cushioned (-?nd); p. pr. & vb. Cushioning.]

1. To seat or place on, or as on a cushion.

Many who are cushioned on thrones would have remained in obscurity.

2. To furnish with cushions; as, to cushion a chaise.

3. To conceal or cover up, as under a cushion.

Cushioned hammer, a dead-stroke hammer. See under Dead-stroke.

(Cush"ion*et) n. [OF. coissinet, F. coussinet. See Cushion, and cf. Coussinet.] A little cushion.

(Cush"ion*less), a. Not furnished with a cushion.

Rows of long, cushionless benches, supplying the place of pews.

(Cush"ion*y) a. Like a cushion; soft; pliable.

A flat and cushiony nose.

(Cush"ite) n. A descendant of Cush, the son of Ham and grandson of Noah.

(Cusk) n. (Zoöl.) A large, edible, marine fish allied to the cod, common on the northern coasts of Europe and America; — called also tusk and torsk.

(Cus"kin) n. A kind of drinking cup. [Obs.]

(Cusp) n. [L. cuspis, -idis, point, pointed end.]

1. (Arch.) A triangular protection from the intrados of an arch, or from an inner curve of tracery.

2. (Astrol.) The beginning or first entrance of any house in the calculations of nativities, etc.

Cushewbird to Cut

(Cush"ew*bird) n. (Zoöl) The galeated curassow. See Curassow.

(Cush"ion) n. [OE. cuischun, quisshen, OF. coissin, cuissin, F. coussin, fr. (assumed) LL. culcitinum, dim. of L. culcita cushion, mattress, pillow. See Quilt, and cf. Counterpoint a coverlet.]

1. A case or bag stuffed with some soft and elastic material, and used to sit or recline upon; a soft pillow or pad.

Two cushions stuffed with straw, the seat to raise.

2. Anything resembling a cushion in properties or use; as: (a) a pad on which gilders cut gold leaf; (b) a mass of steam in the end of the cylinder of a steam engine to receive the impact of the piston; (c) the elastic edge of a billiard table.

3. A riotous kind of dance, formerly common at weddings; — called also cushion dance. Halliwell.

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