first aid

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  1. emergency aid or treatment given to someone injured, suddenly ill, etc., before regular medical services arrive or can be reached.

Origin of first aid

First recorded in 1880–85

Other words from first aid

  • first-aid, adjective
  • first-aider, noun

Words Nearby first aid Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use first aid in a sentence

  • Forerunner of the many first-aid classes to come was that hour of Mabel's, and made memorable by one thing she said.

    The Amazing Interlude | Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Here I was given a first-aid dressing and immediately after carried away to an old-fashioned village behind the lines.

    Private Peat | Harold R. Peat
  • As she left for the first-aid cabinet, Houston thought bleakly to himself: Harris was framed.

    The Penal Cluster | Ivar Jorgensen (AKA Randall Garrett)
  • Their wounds—three, four, or five days old—have yet received no attention save the primitive first-aid of the battlefield.

  • Instead, he carried several canteens of water and his blouse was stuffed with first-aid bandages.

British Dictionary definitions for first aid

first aid

    • immediate medical assistance given in an emergency

    • (as modifier): first-aid box

  1. (in Barbados) a small shop that sells domestic items after hours

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