- a brand of adhesive bandage with a gauze pad in the center, used to cover minor abrasions and cuts.
- (often lowercase) Informal. a makeshift, limited, or temporary aid or solution that does not satisfy the basic or long-range need: The proposed reform isn't thorough enough to be more than just a band-aid.
- (often lowercase) Informal. serving as a makeshift, limited, or temporary aid or solution: band-aid measures to solve a complex problem.
Origin of Band-Aid
Examples from the Web for band-aid
Unfortunately, the best response we can muster might be much harder than a band-aid or hidden camera.Is Brooklyn Becoming Unsafe for Gays? It Depends On Which Ones
October 18, 2014
Hell, even the band-aid of busing was enough to spark a huge backlash to civil rights laws.When America Said "No" to the War on Segregation
February 4, 2014
“AbleNook is not just a short term or Band-Aid fix, but a solution that could become a home for multiple generations,” she says.AbleNook designers offer alternative to disaster-relief tents and trailers
August 18, 2013
Or, we can pull off the Band-Aid attaching the two sides of banking.Jamie Dimon’s Hubris Unshakable as JPMorgan Reelects Him to Top Two Posts
May 16, 2012
Instead of building up and having wedding promos and having it be this whole event, it was like ripping a Band-Aid off.On the Set of ‘Parks’
September 20, 2011
He had torn open a Band-Aid and was trying to fasten it around his finger.The Last Straw
William J. Smith
- trademark a gauze surgical dressing backed by adhesive tape
- (sometimes not capitals) informal somethinɡ that provides a temporary solution to a problem
Word Origin and History for band-aid
trademark registered 1924 by Johnson & Johnson for a stick-on gauze pad or strip. See band (n.1) + aid (n.). The British equivalent was Elastoplast. Figurative sense of "temporary or makeshift solution to a problem, pallative" (often lower case, sometimes bandaid) is first recorded 1968; as an adjective, from 1970.
- A trademark for an adhesive bandage with a gauze pad in the center, employed to protect minor wounds.