manual

adjective
man·​u·​al | \ˈman-yə-wəl, -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

manual

noun

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?

called also standard

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Other Words from manual

Adjective

manually adverb

Synonyms for manual

Synonyms: Noun

handbook, primer, text, textbook

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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?
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The initiative was embraced by Kentucky’s coal miners and other manual laborers. Katrine Jo Andersen, The New Republic, "Rejected by A.A.," 27 June 2018 Weinstein announced his decision for a full manual recount of absentee, provisional and election day ballots today. Kate Magill, Howard County Times, "Howard council incumbent seeks recount after two-vote loss," 9 July 2018 Elections officials are scheduled to begin a manual recount of nearly 85,000 paper ballots from the Democratic primary for Baltimore County executive Thursday morning. Pamela Wood, baltimoresun.com, "Recount of 85,000 ballots in Baltimore County executive primary begins Thursday," 12 July 2018 With its less efficient manual transmission, the base Versa S sips fuel at a quicker rate than CVT-equipped versions. Car and Driver, "2018 Nissan Versa," 29 Mar. 2018 The automatic, on the other hand, differs from the manual by including remote start, an unobtrusive auto stop/start that can’t be deactivated, and 205/55R16 all-season tires on aluminum rims. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "Chevy’s smooth diesel Cruze hatchback boasts 600-mile range," 12 May 2018 Travel booked through Rising Star will automatically sync up for teams using Artist Growth, decreasing repetitive manual data entry and saving time. Taylor Mims, Billboard, "Artist Growth Integrates With Rising Star Travel to Streamline Tour Scheduling," 12 July 2018 The stadium even still has a manual scoreboard, which is about as old-school as a ballpark gets. Chris Kaltenbach, baltimoresun.com, "A guide to visiting all of Maryland's minor league ballparks," 10 July 2018 Hospital staff switched to a backup supply of oxygen gas cylinders and manual resuscitators as doctors searched for additional cylinders from local gas suppliers and medical clinics. Parth M.n., latimes.com, "When an Indian hospital was running out of oxygen, these doctors tried to help. So why were they sent to jail?," 29 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

People who do manual labor, or unskilled work, also fall into this category. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "Hurricane Florence is costing workers income. Blame federal labor laws.," 14 Sep. 2018 Young love doesn’t come with a manual, and rom-coms only go so far in schooling us on the ins and outs of relationships. Danielle Fox, Seventeen, "How To Be a Good Girlfriend," 24 July 2018 My second Princeton painting class taught me how to make my own stretcher bars and to stretch and gesso my canvases, thoroughly enjoyable manual labor. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Old In Art School," 20 June 2018 Thompson said the organization is required to enforce the regulations in the MHA’s blight manual. Katrease Stafford, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit's demolition program under fire for lack of diversity," 16 June 2018 Much of the Kansas Department of Labor audit identified missing operator manuals, inspection reports and missing safety signs when inspectors arrived at the water park on May 16 and 17. Steve Vockrodt, kansascity, "Schlitterbahn re-opens 7 rides after inspectors visit; 4 remain closed," 1 June 2018 Thick manuals and endless sets of regulations exist to ensure that building fires are contained long enough for residents to escape and help to arrive. Justin Davidson, Daily Intelligencer, "A Year Has Passed Since the Grenfell Tower Fire. It Could Happen Again Anytime.," 14 June 2018 Flywheel’s employee manual also says nothing about hearing damage. Julia Belluz, Vox, "How your cycling class could give you hearing loss," 31 May 2018 Transmission choices include a 5-speed manual (S only) or a 6-speed automatic in front-wheel-drive models. Brian Wong, USA TODAY, "Review: Volkswagen's Golf SportWagen puts the sport into wagon," 21 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of manual

Adjective

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

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for manual

Adjective

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

Noun

see manual entry 1

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manual

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of manual

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

manual

noun

English Language Learners Definition of manual (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

manual

adjective
man·​u·​al | \ˈman-yə-wəl \

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

manual

noun

Kids Definition of manual (Entry 2 of 2)

: handbook a scout manual

manual

adjective
man·​u·​al | \ˈman-yə(-wə)l \

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

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manual

adjective
man·​u·​al | \ˈman-yə-wəl \

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

Other Words from manual

manually adverb

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