1. The act of assisting; help; aid; furtherance; succor; support.
Without the assistance of a mortal hand. --Shak.
2. An assistant or helper; a body of helpers. [Obs.]
Wat Tyler [was] killed by valiant Walworth, the lord mayor of London, and his assistance, . . . John Cavendish. --Fuller.
3. Persons present. [Obs. or a Gallicism]
n 1: the activity of contributing to the fulfillment of a need or
furtherance of an effort or purpose; "he gave me an
assist with the housework"; "could not walk without
assistance"; "rescue party went to their aid"; "offered
his help in unloading" [syn: aid, assist, help]
2: a resource; "visual aids in teaching"; "economic assistance
to depressed areas" [syn: aid, help]