(Aid) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Aided ; p. pr. & vb. n. Aiding.] [F. aider, OF. aidier, fr. L. adjutare to
help, freq. of adjuvare to help; ad + juvare to help. Cf. Adjutant.] To support, either by furnishing
strength or means in coöperation to effect a purpose, or to prevent or to remove evil; to help; to assist.
You speedy helpers . . .
Appear and aid me in this enterprise.
Syn. To help; assist; support; sustain; succor; relieve; befriend; coöperate; promote. See Help.
(Aid), n. [F. aide, OF. aïde, aïe, fr. the verb. See Aid, v. t.]
1. Help; succor; assistance; relief.
An unconstitutional mode of obtaining aid.
2. The person or thing that promotes or helps in something done; a helper; an assistant.
It is not good that man should be alone; let us make unto him an aid like unto himself.
Tobit viii. 6.
3. (Eng. Hist.) A subsidy granted to the king by Parliament; also, an exchequer loan.
4. (Feudal Law) A pecuniary tribute paid by a vassal to his lord on special occasions. Blackstone.
5. An aid-de-camp, so called by abbreviation; as, a general's aid.
Aid prayer (Law), a proceeding by which a defendant beseeches and claims assistance from some
one who has a further or more permanent interest in the matter in suit. To pray in aid, to beseech
and claim such assistance.
(Aid"ance) n. [Cf. OF. aidance.] Aid. [R.]
Aidance 'gainst the enemy.
(Aid"ant) a. [Cf. F. aidant, p. pr. of aider to help.] Helping; helpful; supplying aid. Shak.
(Aid"-de-camp`) n.; pl. Aids-de-camp. [F. aide de camp (literally) camp assistant.] (Mil.)
An officer selected by a general to carry orders, also to assist or represent him in correspondence and
in directing movements.
(Aid"er) n. One who, or that which, aids.
(Aid"ful) a. Helpful. [Archaic.] Bp. Hall.
(Aid"less), a. Helpless; without aid. Milton.
(Aid"-ma`jor) n. The adjutant of a regiment.
(Ai"el) n. See Ayle. [Obs.]
(Aig"let) n. Same as Aglet.
(Ai"gre) a. [F. See Eager.] Sour. [Obs.] Shak.
(||Ai"gre*more) n. [F. origin unknown.] Charcoal prepared for making powder.
(Ai"gret Ai*grette) n. [F., a sort of white heron, with a tuft of feathers on its head; a tuft of feathers; dim.
of the same word as heron. See Heron, and cf. Egret, Egrette.]