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1manual

adjective man·u·al \ˈman-yə-wəl, -yəl, -yü-əl\

: doing or involving hard physical work

: of or relating to using the hands

: operated or controlled with the hands or by a person : operated only with the hands and without electric power

Full Definition of MANUAL

1
a :  of, relating to, or involving the hands <manual dexterity>
b :  worked or done by hand and not by machine <a manual transmission> <manual computation> <manual indexing>
2
:  requiring or using physical skill and energy <manual labor> <manual workers>
man·u·al·ly adverb
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Examples of MANUAL

  1. She spent the summer doing manual labor on her uncle's farm.
  2. He has a collection of old-fashioned manual typewriters.

Origin of MANUAL

Middle English manuel, from Anglo-French, from Latin manualis, from manus hand; akin to Old English mund hand and perhaps to Greek marē hand
First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with MANUAL

2manual

noun

: a small book that gives useful information about something

: a vehicle that has a system for changing gears that has to be operated by the driver : a car with a manual transmission

Full Definition of MANUAL

1
:  a book that is conveniently handled; especially :  handbook <an instruction manual>
2
:  the prescribed movements in the handling of a weapon or other military item during a drill or ceremony <the manual of arms>
3
a :  a keyboard for the hands; specifically :  one of the several keyboards of an organ or harpsichord that controls a separate division of the instrument
b :  a device or apparatus intended for manual operation

Examples of MANUAL

  1. Here's the owner's manual of your new car.
  2. The computer program comes with a user's manual.
  3. We lost the instruction manual and couldn't put our bikes together.
  4. Please refer to the training manual if you have any questions about your job.
  5. Is your car a manual or an automatic?

First Known Use of MANUAL

15th century
MANUAL Defined for Kids

1manual

adjective man·u·al \ˈman-yə-wəl\

Definition of MANUAL for Kids

1
:  of or relating to hard physical work <manual labor>
2
:  operated by the hands <a manual gearshift>
3
:  of or with the hands <manual skill>
man·u·al·ly adverb

2manual

noun

Definition of MANUAL for Kids

:  handbook <a scout manual>
Medical Dictionary

manual

adjective man·u·al \ˈman-yə(-wə)l\

Medical Definition of MANUAL

1
a :  of, relating to, or involving the hands <manual dexterity> b :  done or performed by hand and not by machine <manual removal of nits and lice—Jerome Potts>
2
:  using signs and the manual alphabet in teaching the deaf—compare oral 2

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