: gained by actually doing something rather than learning about it from books, lectures, etc.
: involving or allowing the use of your hands or touching with your hands
: actively and personally involved in something (such as running a business)
Full Definition of HANDS-ON
: relating to, being, or providing direct practical experience in the operation or functioning of something <hands–on training>; also: involving or allowing use of or touching with the hands <a hands–on museum display>
: characterized by active personal involvement <a hands–on manager>
See hands–on defined for English-language learners