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manual

adjective man·u·al \ ˈman-yə-wəl , -yəl , -yü-əl \

Definition of manual

1 a :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

manually

adverb

Examples of manual in a Sentence

  1. She spent the summer doing manual labor on her uncle's farm.

  2. He has a collection of old-fashioned manual typewriters.

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Origin and Etymology of manual

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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manual

noun

Definition of manual

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
3 a :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

Examples of manual in a Sentence

  1. Here's the owner's manual of your new car.

  2. The computer program comes with a user's manual.

  3. We lost the instruction manual and couldn't put our bikes together.

  4. Please refer to the training manual if you have any questions about your job.

  5. Is your car a manual or an automatic?

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Origin and Etymology of manual



MANUAL Defined for English Language Learners

manual

adjective

Definition of manual for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of manual for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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manual

adjective man·u·al \ ˈman-yə-wəl \

Definition of manual for Students

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

manually

adverb

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manual

noun

Definition of manual for Students

:handbook
  • a scout manual

Medical Dictionary

manual

adjective man·u·al \ ˈman-yə(-wə)l \

medical Definition of manual

1 a :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 2

Law Dictionary

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

manually

adverb


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