man·​u·​al | \ ˈman-yə-wəl How to pronounce manual (audio) , -yəl, -yü-əl \

Definition of manual

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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



Definition of manual (Entry 2 of 2)

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
3a : 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
c : an automobile with a manual transmission Is your car a manual or an automatic?

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Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of manual in a Sentence

Adjective She spent the summer doing manual labor on her uncle's farm. He has a collection of old-fashioned manual typewriters. Noun Here's the owner's manual of your new car. The computer program comes with a user's manual. We lost the instruction manual and couldn't put our bikes together. Please refer to the training manual if you have any questions about your job. Is your car a manual or an automatic? See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective To lament the end of the manual transmission is to eulogize much more than shifting gears. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, 8 Aug. 2022 Diana got good use out of her black right-hand drive, manual-transmission steed, accumulating some 6,800 miles before it was returned to Ford Motor Company in May of 1988. John Vorwald, Robb Report, 5 Aug. 2022 Obviously, people who like to swap gears on their own will appreciate that the Tacoma has a manual-transmission option. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, 28 July 2022 Attainable, lightweight and available with a manual transmission, the BRZ sport coupe is both an entry point for blossoming drivers and a weekend toy for those with a little cash to spare. Miles Branman, Chicago Tribune, 20 July 2022 First, in Europe, manual transmission cars outnumber automatic cars. Cathy Huyghe, Forbes, 27 May 2022 This is the toolmaker opting to make a tool to do the job rather than performing manual labor themselves. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 16 July 2022 By all accounts, the manual labor was not only fun but gave students a meaningful sense of contributing to the day-to-day maintenance of the college. New York Times, 7 July 2022 Attracted by the product that doesn’t spoil and does not require much manual labor, almond growers planted 74,000 acres in the late 1970s. Louis Sahagúnstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 5 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun According to the manual, this setting would allow heat. Roger Dooley, Forbes, 8 Aug. 2022 Always refer to the user manual to determine the best option for your specific warmer. Molly Allen, Good Housekeeping, 3 Aug. 2022 Hess said revisions to the manual are in the process of being made. John H. Tucker, cleveland, 27 July 2022 According to the procedure manual, the Secretary of State’s Office has jurisdiction in this matter. Richard Ruelas, The Arizona Republic, 20 July 2022 The maximum passenger weight for the ride is 287 pounds, according to the maintenance manual. Lindsey Bever, Washington Post, 14 June 2022 Judges will often use a manual from the Alabama Sentencing Commission that uses a point system to analyze such factors. Sudiksha Kochi, USA TODAY, 27 July 2022 For example, the American Society of Civil Engineers recently released a manual for designing for climate change. Mikhail Chester, Scientific American, 22 July 2022 Our picks were easy to set up, intuitive to use without a user manual and reasonably quick to heat, brew and froth. Myo Quinn, Good Housekeeping, 30 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of manual


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for manual

Adjective and Noun

Middle English manuel, from Anglo-French, from Latin manualis, from manus hand; akin to Old English mund hand and perhaps to Greek marē hand

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The first known use of manual was in the 15th century

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Manua Islands


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“Manual.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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man·​u·​al | \ ˈman-yə-wəl How to pronounce manual (audio) \

Kids Definition of manual

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

Other Words from manual

manually adverb



Kids Definition of manual (Entry 2 of 2)

: handbook a scout manual


man·​u·​al | \ ˈman-yə(-wə)l How to pronounce manual (audio) \

Medical Definition of manual

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 : using signs and the manual alphabet in teaching the deaf — compare oral sense 2


man·​u·​al | \ ˈman-yə-wəl How to pronounce manual (audio) \

Legal Definition of manual

: involving or as if involving use of the hands specifically : of, relating to, or being a gift of a corporeal movable object that is actually delivered a manual donation

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manually adverb

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