Definition of visual aid in US English:

visual aid


usually visual aids
  • An item of illustrative matter, such as a film, slide, or model, designed to supplement written or spoken information so that it can be understood more easily.

    • ‘It is complemented by striking, colourful illustrations, pictures, diagrams and visual aids.’
    • ‘Because patients' ability to retain information may be compromised, clear explanations augmented with visual aids could be helpful.’
    • ‘They had visual aids in the form of human size portraits.’
    • ‘I expect most of you can imagine the patronizing priest reaching behind the altar table for his visual aid.’
    • ‘To help you understand standard portion sizes, here are some visual aids for you.’
    • ‘For Neurath, visualization does not merely act as illustration; visual aids are ‘part of the explanation themselves.’’
    • ‘Murray distributes visual aids - color copies of a photograph shot by a professional - to his assembled neighbors.’
    • ‘This is accomplished with verbal and visual aids with a priority placed on each swimmer understanding the purpose of a particular drill or exercise.’
    • ‘Powell illustrated his remarks with audio and visual aids.’
    • ‘Your meeting will typically include visual aids that illustrate the appropriate amount to eat.’
    • ‘I can think of no greater indictment of our educational system than that it produces engineering students who require visual aids in order to add 12 to single-digit numbers.’
    • ‘Just one paragraph, and no visual aids necessary.’
    • ‘The visual aids provided in each chapter complement the information for that chapter's narrative.’
    • ‘Mr Garwood became well known for his Sunday morning ministry at the bandstage, when he frequently introduced unusual visual aids to illustrate his sermons and talks to the children.’
    • ‘Another study found drunks responsive to strong ‘inhibiting cues’ - visual aids - that warned against unsafe sex.’
    • ‘Get an idea of what you want in terms of look and style, and communicate this message clearly with the help of visual aids like photographs and magazines.’
    • ‘These animations act as visual aids, making the explanation of scientific information and processes much simpler to understand.’
    • ‘The electronic format also allows for links to newspaper articles and other supplementary texts as well as for audio and visual aids.’
    • ‘The notion that I can't ‘grasp’ such concepts without full color pictures as visual aids is a gross insult to my intelligence.’
    • ‘The organizers of Lambeth had the fine idea of providing a large screen behind and above the altar to be used for whatever kind of visual aids the Provinces chose.’
    • ‘Animal anatomy can also be taught using models, charts and audio visual aids, it maintains.’


visual aid

/ˌvɪʒ(ə)wəl ˈeɪd/