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 Fortunately, the canthal tilt filter has since been adopted for more positive purposes, serving as a visual aid to help users paint perfect eyeliner wings. Danielle Sinay, Glamour, 28 Sep. 2023 Day spoke to the judges confidently and articulately, without using a visual aid in his presentation. Thomas Goodwin Smith, Baltimore Sun, 4 Aug. 2023 Through the help of this supplement, people within the age group of 30 to 90 were able to improve their central vision and see clearly and brightly without needing any visual aid like a lens. Discover Magazine, 30 June 2023 At Mile 10, the scientists float by a more tangible visual aid. Raymond Zhong, New York Times, 6 June 2023 To help illustrate the extent of Kelly’s enterprise, the prosecution prepared an old-fashioned visual aid: A board full of photos — featuring the singer’s business managers, personal assistants, runners, security personnel, drivers, and more — arranged with Kelly at the center. Elias Leight, Rolling Stone, 23 Sep. 2021 The lifesaving steps are better ingrained in a child’s mind with the help of a lovable visual aid such as Molly, Hilton said. Ashley R. Williams, USA TODAY, 23 Jan. 2023 What that ridiculous, Professor Klumpian getup suggests is that Luhrmann (or at least his financiers) refused to believe that audiences would accept Hanks as a bad guy without the visual aid of a total physical transformation. A.a. Dowd, Vulture, 2 Sep. 2022 Figure 3 provides a visual aid in understanding the differences in these PM groups, as well as how these particles correspond to more understandable physical item diameters, such as an average human hair or an average grain of sand. Guest, Discover Magazine, 26 Feb. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1911, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of visual aid was in 1911

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“Visual aid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

visual aid

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