1. See artificial insemination by donor under ARTIFICIAL INSEMINATION .
2. UNITED STATES AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT.
aid, n. Hist.
1. A subsidy or tax granted to the king for an extraordinary purpose.
¡ª Also termed grant-in-aid.
2. A benevolence or tribute (i.e., a sum of money) granted by the tenant to his lord in times of difficulty and distress. ? Over time, these grants grew from being discretionary to matters of right. The three principal aids were: (1) to ransom the lord’s person if he was taken prisoner; (2) to contribute toward the ceremony of knighting the lord’s eldest son; and (3) to provide a suitable portion to the lord’s eldest daughter when she married.
3. Assistance in defending a lawsuit in which the plaintiff also has a claim against an unsued third party having a joint interest in the defense.