visual aid

noun

Definition of visual aid

: an instructional device (such as a chart, map, or model) that appeals chiefly to vision especially : an educational motion picture or filmstrip

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Trump used an altered NOAA map of Hurricane Dorian’s path as a visual aid while speaking reporters in the Oval Office last week. Savannah Behrmann, USA TODAY, "NOAA's acting chief scientist reportedly to investigate effort to bolster Trump," 9 Sep. 2019 The trunks allow teachers to have more resources to use, provide visual aids that really help students who aren’t clicking with the textbook. Brooke Lamantia, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio area educators use some summer days to learn more about subjects beyond the classroom," 22 July 2019 All are designed to work with Amazon devices such as the Echo Show and Fire TV Cube, which let Alexa make use of visual aids, in addition to voice-only gadgets. Matt Day, latimes.com, "Alexa in the classroom? Amazon’s voice assistant leads kids’ story time," 14 June 2019 All are designed to work with Amazon devices such as the Echo Show and Fire TV Cube, which let Alexa make use of visual aids, in addition to voice-only gadgets. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Alexa in the classroom? Amazon’s voice assistant leads kids’ story time," 14 June 2019 Captain Marvel’s strength is in her story rather than the visual aids. Jill Gutowitz, Glamour, "Captain Marvel Is a New Kind of Female Hero," 11 Mar. 2019 Check this site, which has excellent visual aids (and treatment supplies). Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "How to Get Rid of Bedbugs Once and For All," 6 Nov. 2018 The smaller Christus painting (a mere 7 5/8 by 5 ½ inches), on loan from the Gemäldegalerie in Berlin, most likely resided in Vos’s private quarters as a visual aid in his personal devotion. Peter Plagens, WSJ, "‘The Charterhouse of Bruges: Jan van Eyck, Petrus Christus and Jan Vos’ Review: Preparing for the End," 26 Sep. 2018 For another visual aid, there is a centuries-old tradition in Japanese painting of depicting turbulent, breaking ocean waves. Lee Phillips, Ars Technica, "Turbulence, the oldest unsolved problem in physics," 10 Oct. 2018

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1911, in the meaning defined above

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visual aid

noun

English Language Learners Definition of visual aid

: something you look at (such as a chart or film) that is used to make something easier to understand

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