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Noun: cushioning  kû-shu-ning
  1. Artifact consisting of soft or resilient material used to fill or give shape or protect or add comfort
    "fragile items require separation and cushioning";
    - padding
Verb: cushion  kû-shun
  1. Protect from impact
    "cushion the blow";
    - buffer, soften

Type of: artefact [Brit], artifact [N. Amer], modify

Encyclopedia: Cushioning

Cushion, William