visual aid


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

Examples of visual aid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Pierce used the bas-relief project as a visual aid for preaching. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, "Wood Carvings Document Faith, Injustice and Hope in 20th-Century America," 29 Sep. 2020 Because many children with autism learn better with visual aids, Murray drew a simple comic strip—with stick figures and dialogue balloons—to represent what had happened with the student and his classmate. Kristina Rizga, The Atlantic, "How One School Program in New York Helps Students With Autism," 30 Dec. 2019 Ideally, reserve them for discussions that require visual aids, like presentations and documents. Brian X. Chen, New York Times, "The Dos and Don’ts of Online Video Meetings," 25 Mar. 2020 Employees discussed their aspirations for the year — both professional and personal — then created visual aids reflecting their goals. Sanam Yar, New York Times, "Can Wellness Heal the Workplace?," 4 Mar. 2020 Polensek brought in visual aids to raise concern about what constitutes 200 grams of marijuana – about 7 ounces. Robert Higgs, cleveland, "Cleveland City Council approves eliminating fines, jail time and criminal records for low level marijuana possession," 28 Jan. 2020 At Akodara’s primary school, children learn about complex scientific experiments using visual aids like YouTube videos, instead of rote learning from textbooks, as is common in many Indian schools. Nupur Anand, Quartz, "A look into India’s first digital village," 5 Nov. 2019 Both figures suggest that the Church’s preachment would be inaccessible to the majority of the English people in both Latin and the vernacular without some sort of visual aid. John Hirschauer, National Review, "An Icon for Saint Greta Thunberg," 14 Nov. 2019 Instead of just reading your textbook, try learning using podcasts, visual aids such as posters, presentations, and online blogs. Amina Youssef-shalala, Quartz, "Three ways to trick your memory into working better," 12 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of visual aid

1911, in the meaning defined above

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11 Oct 2020

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“Visual aid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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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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