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maneuver

noun ma·neu·ver \ mə-ˈnü-vər , -ˈnyü- \
Updated on: 6 Dec 2017

Definition of maneuver

1 a : a military or naval movement
b : an armed forces training exercise; especially : an extended and large-scale training exercise involving military and naval units separately or in combination often used in plural
  • The army and navy conducted maneuvers as training for war.
2 : a procedure or method of working usually involving expert physical movement
  • acrobats performing dangerous maneuvers
3 a : evasive movement or shift of tactics
  • permits no room for concession or maneuver
  • —Harry Schwartz
b : an intended and controlled variation from a straight and level flight path in the operation of an airplane
  • The aircraft performed such maneuvers as spins, loops, and inverted flights.
4 a : an action taken to gain a tactical end
  • this maneuver almost cost him the nomination
  • —H. L. Mencken
b : an adroit and clever management of affairs often using trickery and deception
  • plaintiffs' pretrial maneuvers may be fashioned more with an eye to deterrence or retaliation than to unearthing germane material
  • —John Marshall

Examples of maneuver in a Sentence

  1. With a quick maneuver, she avoided an accident.

  2. Through a series of legal maneuvers, the defense lawyer kept her client out of jail.

  3. He led his troops in a well-planned maneuver.

  4. To prepare for war, the army is performing maneuvers off the coast.

  5. The army is on maneuvers.

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Origin and Etymology of maneuver

French manœuvre, from Old French maneuvre work done by hand, from Medieval Latin manuopera, from manu operare to perform manual labor — more at manure

Synonym Discussion of maneuver

trick, ruse, stratagem, maneuver, artifice, wile, feint mean an indirect means to gain an end. trick may imply deception, roguishness, illusion, and either an evil or harmless end.
    • the tricks of the trade
ruse stresses an attempt to mislead by a false impression.
    • the ruses of smugglers
stratagem implies a ruse used to entrap, outwit, circumvent, or surprise an opponent or enemy.
    • the stratagem-filled game
maneuver suggests adroit and skillful avoidance of difficulty.
    • last-minute maneuvers to avert bankruptcy
artifice implies ingenious contrivance or invention.
    • the clever artifices of the stage
wile suggests an attempt to entrap or deceive with false allurements.
    • used all of his wiles to ingratiate himself
feint implies a diversion or distraction of attention away from one's real intent.
    • a feint toward the enemy's left flank

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maneuver

verb

Definition of maneuver

maneuvered; maneuvering play \-ˈnü-və-riŋ, -ˈnyü-; -ˈn(y)üv-riŋ\
intransitive verb
1 a : to perform a movement in military or naval tactics in order to secure an advantage
  • The regiment maneuvered for several days before it was ready to attack.
b : to make a series of changes in direction and position for a specific purpose
  • Ships maneuvered into their docks.
2 : to use stratagems : scheme
  • maneuvered successfully to get him to ask her to the dance
transitive verb
1 : to cause to execute tactical movements
  • We maneuvered our troops to the south.
2 : to manage into or out of a position or condition : manipulate
  • maneuvered the cork out with his thumb
  • —Kay Boyle
3 a : to guide with adroitness and design
  • maneuvered her guests until the talk at the table became general
  • —Jean Statford
b : to bring about or secure as a result of skillful management
  • maneuvered out of the council the funds to renovate the library

maneuverability

play \-ˌnü-və-rə-ˈbi-lə-tē, -ˌnyü-; -ˌn(y)üv-rə-\ noun

maneuverable

play \-ˈnü-və-rə-bəl, -ˈnyü-; -ˈn(y)üv-rə-\ adjective

maneuverer

play \-ˈnü-vər-ər, -ˈnyü-\ noun

Examples of maneuver in a Sentence

  1. She maneuvered her car into the tiny garage.

  2. It took seven people to maneuver the tiger out of its cage.

  3. We had a hard time maneuvering our furniture through the doorway.

  4. The giant ships maneuvered into their docks.

  5. The vehicle easily maneuvered through rocky terrain.

  6. They held hands while maneuvering through the crowd.

  7. The companies are maneuvering for position in the limited market.

  8. Somehow, she always manages to maneuver herself out of difficult situations.

  9. We maneuvered our troops to the south.

  10. The opposing forces maneuvered quickly.

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Origin and Etymology of maneuver

maneuver Synonyms



MANEUVER Defined for English Language Learners

maneuver

noun

Definition of maneuver for English Language Learners

  • : a clever or skillful action or movement

  • : a planned movement of soldiers or ships

  • maneuvers : military activities that are done for training


maneuver

verb

Definition of maneuver for English Language Learners

  • : to move (something or someone) in a careful and usually skillful way

  • : to do something in an effort to get an advantage, get out of a difficult situation, etc.

  • : to move (soldiers, ships, etc.) where they are needed for battle


MANEUVER Defined for Kids

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maneuver

noun ma·neu·ver \ mə-ˈnü-vər , -ˈnyü- \

Definition of maneuver for Students

1 : skillful action or management
  • The driver avoided an accident by a quick maneuver.
2 : a training exercise by armed forces
3 : a planned movement of troops or ships

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maneuver

verb

Definition of maneuver for Students

maneuvered; maneuvering
1 : to guide skillfully
  • Our captain maneuvered the boat safely into the harbor.
2 : to move troops or ships where they are needed

maneuverability

\mə-ˌnü-və-rə-ˈbi-lə-tē, -ˌnyü-\ noun

maneuverable

\-ˈnü-və-rə-bəl, -ˈnyü-\ adjective

Medical Dictionary

maneuver

noun ma·neu·ver
variants: or chiefly British manoeuvre play \mə-ˈn(y)ü-vər\

medical Definition of maneuver

1 : a movement, procedure, or method performed to achieve a desired result and especially to restore a normal physiological state or to promote normal function
  • the simplest maneuver to actuate the normal eustachian tube is to swallow
  • —H. G. Armstrong
— see heimlich maneuver, valsalva maneuver
2 : a manipulation to accomplish a change of position; specifically : rotational or other movement applied to a fetus within the uterus to alter its position and facilitate delivery — see scanzoni maneuver


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