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Definition of manned

: carrying, staffed, or performed by one or more people a manned security booth manned spaceflight a manned mission

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Usage of Manned and Unmanned

While manned and unmanned are still commonly used in news sources to describe spaceflights with and without human crews, respectively, NASA has since the early 21st century used and prescribed non-gender-specific terms, preferring such descriptors as human, piloted, and crewed for the former, and unpiloted and uncrewed for the latter.

Examples of manned in a Sentence

a manned mission to the moon
Recent Examples on the Web Large organizations need help due to the sheer volume of calls from employees, which is only compounded by the prohibitive cost of manned service desks. Uday Birajdar, Forbes, 30 Aug. 2021 Another famous example was the X Prize, which rewarded Burt Rutan’s company Scaled Composites with over $14 million in today’s money for becoming the first nongovernmental organization to launch a reusable and manned space vehicle, SpaceShipOne. Andrew Follett, National Review, 21 Aug. 2021 Richard Branson’s and Jeff Bezos’ ventures into space tapped into a perennial fascination with manned space travel that dates back to the Apollo moon program in the 1960s and ’70s and even to the 19th-century novels of Jules Verne. Arthur Herman, WSJ, 23 July 2021 When his family moved to the developing neighborhood called Timber Cove, and built a house on Lazywood Lane along a scenic canal, some families of the Mercury astronauts -- those in NASA's first manned space program -- were already in town. Samantha Bresnahan, CNN, 16 July 2021 Project Mercury is the name given to the manned satellite program of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Joseph N. Bell, Popular Mechanics, 5 May 2021 The solution to harmonizing operations of manned aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles and air taxis in shared urban low-altitude airspace: interconnectivity and data exchanges. Dawn Zoldi, Forbes, 28 Sep. 2021 That's more than double the 38 million views of the launch of China's manned mission to send three astronauts into space in June. Nectar Gan, CNN, 27 Sep. 2021 Faced with an enemy which simply absorbs all its missiles, the Chinese may prefer to conserve their ammunition for more important targets like manned aircraft and incoming cruise missiles. David Hambling, Forbes, 21 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of manned

1583, in the meaning defined above

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19 Oct 2021

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“Manned.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of manned

: carrying or done by a person

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