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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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 Most analysts believe Netanyahu's speech — in English with giant visual aids — was not trying to persuade American analysts or diplomats. NBC News, "Iran's foreign minister warns no renegotiating nuclear deal as Trump decision looms," 3 May 2018 The visual aids During his opening statement, House Oversight Committee Ranking Member Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.) asserted that Republicans were trying to shut down a fruitful investigation. Aaron Blake, Washington Post, "3 key moments from Peter Strzok’s wild hearing," 12 July 2018 Someone on the committee objected at one point, but the visual aids were allowed to stay. Aaron Blake, chicagotribune.com, "7 key moments from FBI agent's Peter Strzok's wild House hearing," 12 July 2018 Someone on the committee objected at one point, but the visual aids were allowed to stay. Aaron Blake, BostonGlobe.com, "6 key moments from Peter Strzok’s wild hearing," 12 July 2018 Someone on the committee objected at one point, but the visual aids were allowed to stay. Aaron Blake, Washington Post, "3 key moments from Peter Strzok’s wild hearing," 12 July 2018 The poster was intended as a visual aid in welcoming surviving Red Army soldiers back to civilian life and to the daunting task of rebuilding the Soviet Union at the end of the devastating war. Sasha Senderovich, The New Republic, "An Ending for the Conflicted Cold Warriors of The Americans," 29 May 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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