air cushion

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n air cushion a cushion usually made of rubber or plastic that can be inflated
    • n air cushion a mechanical device using confined air to absorb the shock of motion
    • n air cushion the trapped air that supports a hovercraft a short distance above the water or ground
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Air cushion an air-tight cushion which can be inflated; also, a device for arresting motion without shock by confined air.
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Usage

In literature:

Fifty miles of air in these corridors, I thought, ought to prove a pretty good cushion against the shock of detonation in the cavern.
"The Airlords of Han" by Philip Francis Nowlan
It had just been equipped with an air cushion, and the men escaped without a scratch.
"Charles Frohman: Manager and Man" by Isaac Frederick Marcosson and Daniel Frohman
A car at a time goes through the gate so that there is a cushion of air between each car.
"The Undersea Tube" by L. Taylor Hansen
Put cushion under buttocks, wind skirt close about legs, and raise feet in air.
"The Home Medical Library, Volume I (of VI)" by Various
The tension is then released from the air-cushion.
"Respiration Calorimeters for Studying the Respiratory Exchange and Energy Transformations of Man" by Francis Gano Benedict
Sir Joseph smiled knowingly and lay back amid the cushions with an air of perfect self-appreciation and confidence.
"Too Old for Dolls" by Anthony Mario Ludovici
Rubber rings and air cushions are also used to relieve pressure and give support.
"Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts" by Girl Scouts
Automatic Air Cushion gently assists nature in drawing together the broken parts.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science February 1930" by Various
But the stuff was an elastic solid, springy under his feet and bearing him up as would an air-inflated cushion.
"Wanderer of Infinity" by Harl Vincent
Slowly, as if slid on wires, he was propelled forward, until a cushion of air seemed to block his further progress.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, May, 1930" by Various
The Sultan, a small mild man of seventy, sat crosslegged on an enormous pink and green air-cushion.
"Sjambak" by John Holbrook Vance
She was lying weakly against the cushions, staring at nothing and panting for air.
"The Missourian" by Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
They were assigned an African Development Project air-cushion car and drove into the city proper.
"Black Man's Burden" by Dallas McCord Reynolds
The cushions of the lockers, which ranged along each side, were green with mould and in the air hung the odor of decay.
"The Boy Scouts for Uncle Sam" by John Henry Goldfrap
Once on board, Blake stretched out and relaxed into deep air cushions.
"One-Way Ticket to Nowhere" by Leroy Yerxa
Cushions had been brought up from the cabin, the smell of the Portuguese tobacco floated on the air, and the coffee-cups lay here and there.
"The Ruined Cities of Zululand" by Hugh Mulleneux Walmsley
Perhaps air-cushions may be better still.
"Retrospect of Western Travel, Volume I (of 2)" by Harriet Martineau
As one inflates an air-cushion, I am now with my person inflating the crocodile.
"Short Stories" by Fiodor Dostoievski
With a lordly air of patronage they sat down, and reclined on the cushions at the end of the room.
"The Arab's Pledge" by Edward L. Mitford
But it was not only my air-cushion and opera-glass which excited the curiosity and wonder of the little and big children at Rettimo.
"Three Months Abroad" by Anna Vivanti
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In poetry:

She, where the cushioned ivy dangling hoar
Disturbs the quiet of her sable hair,
Pores o'er a volume of romantic lore,
Or hums an olden air.
"The Ideal" by Madison Julius Cawein
Where cushioned walls rise up between
Its inmates and the common air,
The common pain, and pad and screen
From blows of fate or winds of care?
"A Home" by Susan Coolidge

In news:

Anti-static air cushion film made on site.
RLQ compact cylinders feature a locking mechanism and air cushions in a short length.
ChamberPak's patented design features a series of adjoining air tubes that are securely inflated to cushion and protect products during shipment.
You're probably familiar with the concept of the hovercraft , an inflatable craft that glides over land and water on a cushion of air.
It was studied in detail by R. L Shreve, who showed that the slide moved to it's resting place on a cushion of compressed air.
Marines on an Amphibious Assault Vehicle watch as an LCAC or Landing Craft Air Cushion hovercraft makes a beach landing at Camp Pendleton Monday morning.
WestJet looking to cut costs as ' cushion ' over Air Canada shrinks.
The Bariatric Cushion 's low air profile reduces pressure and helps prevent and treat pressure ulcers in most seating applications.
Marines on an Amphibious Assault Vehicle watch as an LCAC or Landing Craft Air Cushion hovercraft makes a beach landing at Camp Pendleton Monday morning.
A Real Way to Hover 'Round The hoverchair can float up to 330 pounds around a room on a cushion of air.
Do You Need an Expensive Padded, Cushioned, Air Bubbled, Gelled Running Shoe.
The inverted vee hull or Sea Sleds is a well proven concept: air trapped in the tunnel lifts the hull and creates a cushion that soften the ride.
Its designers claim that mating a narrow lightweight deep-V hull with a water-smoothing air-cushioned collar produces a softer ride than any standalone deep-V out there.
The Airbac uses an inflatable air cushion to make the contents much easier to carry.
The air cushion system also protects backpack contents from damage.
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In science:

The whole magnet is mounted on air-cushioned vibration isolation legs. A persistent current of about 100 A through the windings of the solenoid produces a magnetic field in the bore of 11.7 Tesla, reasonably strong for an NMR magnet and about 200,000 times the strength of the earth’s magnetic field.
Experimental Quantum Computation with Nuclear Spins in Liquid Solution
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