first aid


Definition of first aid 

: emergency care or treatment given to an ill or injured person before regular medical aid can be obtained

Examples of first aid in a Sentence

She gave him first aid for his sprained ankle.

Recent Examples on the Web

The responding officers administered first aid to the victim, whom the Dallas County medical examiner's office identified as 26-year-old Botham Jean. Ryan Tarinelli, Fox News, "Police: Dallas officer mistakes apartment for own, kills man," 7 Sep. 2018 Besieged area near Syrian capital gets relief: The United Nations said the first aid convoy in months has entered a besieged suburb east of the Syrian capital carrying supplies to about 7,000 people. Washington Post, "World Digest: Feb. 14, 2018," 14 Feb. 2018 While guests dined on toothfish ceviche with caviar, Prince Albert made a speech, alternating between English and French, detailing the work of Monaco’s Red Cross, especially the creation of a first aid training center in Burkina Faso. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "A Royal Night Out with Prince Albert, Princess Charlene, and Seal," 30 July 2018 The park district also provided first aid materials, bottled water and hand sanitizing stations. Diane Dachota,, "Families camp overnight in Spring Rock Park," 14 July 2018 The Red Cross, community colleges and various fire departments and local agencies offer classes, many at no charge, in emergency training, first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Cliff Kapono,, "Take these courses to help you assist in an emergency," 8 July 2018 But Mayor Josh Levy and a few other commissioners still want to see that Art Deco design used for six first aid stations. Susannah Bryan,, "Lifeguard stands can be iconic. But are they worth $190,000 each?," 6 July 2018 Then the 7-year-old took an early spill, plunging the entire adventure into jeopardy; a quick first aid break at our hotel quelled the drama. Jenna Russell,, "There is magic in those Jekyll Island oaks," 21 June 2018 Several more people with medical training provided first aid, trying to keep Dorell alert until police and medical care arrived. Sean Rossman, USA TODAY, "Strangers come together to try to save USA TODAY reporter Oren Dorell in deadly hit-and-run," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of first aid

1867, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of first aid

: emergency treatment given to a sick or injured person

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Kids Definition of first aid

: care or treatment given to an ill or injured person in an emergency

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Medical Definition of first aid 

: emergency care or treatment given to an ill or injured person before regular medical aid can be obtained

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