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

Simple Definition of manual

  • : 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. 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. 2 :  requiring or using physical skill and energy <manual labor> <manual workers>

man·u·al·ly adverb

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



noun man·u·al

Simple Definition of manual

  • : 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. 1 :  a book that is conveniently handled; especially :  handbook <an instruction manual>

  2. 2 :  the prescribed movements in the handling of a weapon or other military item during a drill or ceremony <the manual of arms>

  3. 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?

15th Century

First Known Use of manual

15th century

Medical Dictionary


adjective man·u·al \ˈman-yə(-wə)l\

Medical Definition of manual

  1. 1a:  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. 2:  using signs and the manual alphabet in teaching the deaf—compare oral 2

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