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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Aid \Aid\, n. [F. aide, OF. a["i]de, a["i]e, fr. the verb. See Aid, v. t.] 1. Help; succor; assistance; relief. [1913 Webster] An unconstitutional mode of obtaining aid. --Hallam. [1913 Webster] 2. The person or thing that promotes or helps in something done; a helper; an assistant. [1913 Webster] It is not good that man should be alone; let us make unto him an aid like unto himself. --Tobit viii. 6. [1913 Webster] 3. (Eng. Hist.) A subsidy granted to the king by Parliament; also, an exchequer loan. [1913 Webster] 4. (Feudal Law) A pecuniary tribute paid by a vassal to his lord on special occasions. --Blackstone. [1913 Webster] 5. An aid-de-camp, so called by abbreviation; as, a general's aid. [1913 Webster] Aid prayer (Law), a proceeding by which a defendant beseeches and claims assistance from some one who has a further or more permanent interest in the matter in suit. To pray in aid, to beseech and claim such assistance. [1913 Webster]
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

AID PRAYER, English law. A petition to the court calling in help from another person who has an interest in the matter in dispute. For example, a tenant for life, by the courtesy or for years, being impleaded, may pray aid of him in reversion; that is, desire the court that he may be called by writ, to allege what he thinks proper for the maintenance of the right of the person calling him, and of his own. F. N. B. 60; Cowel.