: 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

Examples of hands-on in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The competition brought together college students to not only get hands-on architecture experience, but to do so with affordability and sustainability in mind. Destiny Torres, Orange County Register, 12 June 2024 The four-day festival in November celebrates small-batch producers and local makers through a series of hands-on workshops, spirited seminars, makers markets, and signature events. Carrie Honaker, Travel + Leisure, 10 June 2024 How To Make Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Eight servings of delicious homemade ice cream in under 30 minutes of hands-on time sounds pretty good to us. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 10 June 2024 Students familiarize themselves with AI tools through traditional classroom discussion combined with hands-on demonstrations, simulations, and group project work. Foreign Affairs, 10 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for hands-on 

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Word History

First Known Use

1969, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of hands-on was in 1969

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“Hands-on.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hands-on. Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

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