Definition of visual aid in US English:

visual aid

noun

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.

    • ‘They had visual aids in the form of human size portraits.’
    • ‘The visual aids provided in each chapter complement the information for that chapter's narrative.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Your meeting will typically include visual aids that illustrate the appropriate amount to eat.’
    • ‘It is complemented by striking, colourful illustrations, pictures, diagrams and visual aids.’
    • ‘These animations act as visual aids, making the explanation of scientific information and processes much simpler to understand.’
    • ‘Another study found drunks responsive to strong ‘inhibiting cues’ - visual aids - that warned against unsafe sex.’
    • ‘Because patients' ability to retain information may be compromised, clear explanations augmented with visual aids could be helpful.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I expect most of you can imagine the patronizing priest reaching behind the altar table for his visual aid.’
    • ‘Animal anatomy can also be taught using models, charts and audio visual aids, it maintains.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Just one paragraph, and no visual aids necessary.’
    • ‘For Neurath, visualization does not merely act as illustration; visual aids are ‘part of the explanation themselves.’’
    • ‘To help you understand standard portion sizes, here are some visual aids for you.’
    • ‘Powell illustrated his remarks with audio and visual aids.’
    • ‘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.’

Pronunciation

visual aid

/ˌvɪʒ(ə)wəl ˈeɪd/