manual

adjective
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

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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Synonyms for manual

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?
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Agency officials said the department had to set up an entirely new, largely manual process for the new program. oregonlive, "Employment department remains ‘remarkably challenging,’ as 7 employees test positive for coronavirus," 10 July 2020 There’s no manual offering instructions for navigating this time. Ulysses Smith, Quartz at Work, "Successful leaders of the future will share three main traits," 9 July 2020 But there is no vagueness in the operations manual about spitting. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "One (weird) week down, two to go: MLB's 'mad dash' to opening day," 9 July 2020 Pruning, thinning, picking and packaging delicate ripe fruit requires manual dexterity from the orchard fields to the packing line. Gregory Scruggs, Washington Post, "Coronavirus forces economic reckoning in central Washington’s cherry country," 9 July 2020 Every team has received and distributed the MLB operations manual with all the strict protocols that make players prisoners in their homes and hostages in their hotel rooms. Dallas News, "No matter how many precautions the Rangers take, they may face a competitive disadvantage this season," 9 July 2020 There’s an on/off and pause/cancel button and a manual dial with 12 speed settings including pause, stir, mix, chop, blend, puree and mill and hot soup. Lesley Kennedy, CNN Underscored, "The best blenders of 2020," 9 July 2020 When the ballots were delivered to a panel of seven poll workers for the manual count, the crowd collected in the center of the room to watch. Sue Halpern, The New Yorker, "Can Our Ballots Be Both Secret and Secure?," 7 July 2020 Major League Baseball’s 2020 operations manual controls virtually every aspect of players’ lives at the ballpark. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "Baseball Veterans’ Pandemic Role: Keeping the Kids in Line," 6 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The department’s policy manual currently mentions de-escalation only in relation to dealing with people who have mental health issues, the study found, urging the department to make the concept part of its core use-of-force policy. Christian Sheckler, The Indianapolis Star, "South Bend police has no mandatory de-escalation training, but 7 'combat shoots' each year," 9 July 2020 While other 911 variants got a seven-speed manual, the GT3 used a six-speed with better shift action. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, "The Greatest Cars of All Time: The 2010s," 5 July 2020 Any player who sticks to the guidelines laid out in this manual should get an MVP award. Kevin Sherrington, Dallas News, "Why MLB’s stringent COVID-19 guidelines will make the return to baseball anything but normal," 25 June 2020 The league’s health and safety manual is more than 100 pages. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, "Cincinnati Reds preparing for their new socially distant reality in preseason camp," 2 July 2020 The manual says the standard decision-making model for the department involves several steps: sizing up and identifying critical factors, risk management, strategy, incident action plan, tactical objectives and review and revision. Brieanna J. Frank, The Arizona Republic, "Police association, former officer respond to concerns about lack of immediate medical attention for Dion Johnson," 25 June 2020 Major League Baseball and the Players Association reached agreement Tuesday on a 100-page operations manual that includes a negotiated health and safety plan. Henry Schulman, SFChronicle.com, "MLB in 2020: Extra innings start with runner on base, taxi squads, 30-man rosters," 23 June 2020 If everyone on C/D's staff had the means to buy a 911, everyone would order a manual. K.c. Colwell, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S Reminds Us of the Importance of a Clutch Pedal and Shifter," 18 June 2020 Adherence to the health and safety protocols described in this manual will increase our likelihood of being successful. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "MLB safety protocols include interesting rules: No licking hands, no spitting, no showers," 26 Mar. 2020

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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 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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18 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Manual.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/manual. Accessed 4 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for manual

manual

adjective
How to pronounce manual (audio)

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 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

manual

noun

Kids Definition of manual (Entry 2 of 2)

: handbook a scout manual

manual

adjective
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

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manual

adjective
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

Other Words from manual

manually adverb

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