band-aid


band-aid

Trademark.

  1. a brand of adhesive bandage with a gauze pad in the center, used to cover minor abrasions and cuts.

noun

  1. (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.

adjective

  1. (often lowercase) Informal. serving as a makeshift, limited, or temporary aid or solution: band-aid measures to solve a complex problem.

noun

  1. trademark a gauze surgical dressing backed by adhesive tape
  2. (sometimes not capitals) informal somethin…° that provides a temporary solution to a problem
n.

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.

  1. A trademark for an adhesive bandage with a gauze pad in the center, employed to protect minor wounds.

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