- a thick, firm cushion used as a footstool or for kneeling. It is distinguished from a stool by being completely covered in cloth so that no legs are visible.
- a firm upholstered cushion used for kneeling on, esp in church
- a rank tuft of coarse grass or sedge. A thick clump of grass
before 1000; Middle English; Old English hassuc coarse matted grass. “Thick cushion” is first recorded 1516.