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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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

Here, too, time is the challenge; one dress could easily require 100 hours of manual labor. Amy Verner, Vogue, "Vogue Got an Exclusive Tour of Chanel’s Ateliers While Tonight’s Métiers d’Art Collection Was Being Made," 5 Dec. 2018 In parts of India, growing one long nail has traditionally been viewed as a status symbol to show that the person doesn’t need to participate in manual labor. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Man With World’s Longest Fingernails Finally Gets a Manicure," 13 July 2018 His sister and two cousins also provided manual labor in their neighborhood outside Cleveland, working a rake and a broom to corral clippings. Cleve R. Wootson Jr., chicagotribune.com, "A white woman called police on a black 12-year-old who was mowing grass," 30 June 2018 There is a separate manual trim system that can be used to control a plane after such an emergency. Nizar Manek, The Seattle Times, "Ethiopian Boeing 737 MAX crash investigators seek missing sensor suspected of malfunctioning," 29 Mar. 2019 Elizabeth Taylor, owner and lead esthetician of True Beauty Brooklyn in New York, regularly incorporates manual lymphatic drainage into her facials. Elizabeth Kiefer, The Seattle Times, "Jade rollers: Puffy-eye wonder cure or sham?," 26 Mar. 2019 Boeing has addressed the system in other public statements, and has emphasized an existing procedure in the manual that works to turn the system off. Ben Otto, WSJ, "Lion Air Co-Founder Considers Canceling Giant Boeing Order After Indonesia Crash," 5 Dec. 2018 Musk scaled back to a mix of automation and manual labor in April. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: Tesla," 29 Dec. 2018 The problem has been manual input on the small screen. Eric Johnson, Recode, "What’s next for virtual assistants like Alexa? Maybe buying stuff for you automatically.," 24 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But these transmissions also tend to slip the clutch like a manual when getting off the line and can shift rougher than a torque-converter automatic. Clifford Atiyeh, Car and Driver, "What You Need to Know about Ford's PowerShift Transmission Problems," 13 May 2019 According to the Lion Air investigation, pilots consulted the aircraft's safety manual while trying to steer the plane to safety. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Report: Ethiopian Airlines Pilots Followed Boeing's Safety Procedures But Couldn't Prevent Crash," 3 Apr. 2019 Williamson has written 12 books, including career guide The Law of Compensation and the spiritual weight loss manual A Course in Weight Loss: Spiritual Lessons for Surrendering Your Weight. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "Who Is Marianne Williamson, 2020 Presidential Candidate and Also Oprah's Spiritual Advisor?," 8 Feb. 2019 The report also found that there is no training manual for the investigative unit charged with conducting investigations and said the review board’s rules and regulations should be updated. Jeff Mcdonald, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Law enforcement review board lacks accountability, staff and funding, grand jury report says," 31 May 2018 No search was needed, Snyder said, because the manual is electronically available to all inspector general employees who use it every day. NBC News, "McCabe lawyer claims in suit that government is withholding documents related to firing," 13 June 2018 Glamour's beauty editors and a panel of top skin care pros looked at every new eye cream, moisturizer, and supercharged serum that launched in the last year and narrowed them down to this manual of the very best, hard-hitting winners. Glamour, "Beauty Awards: The Best Drugstore Skin Care Products of 2019," 25 Mar. 2019 Truly everything about the phone is now available through the agency, including the device’s manual, images of its exterior and interior, and technical details. Ashley Carman, The Verge, "The Moto G7 Play will have a notch and a much smaller battery," 26 Nov. 2018 For both clinical diagnostics and global health managements, the ICD is widely considered a definitive diagnostic manual. Brittany Shoot, Fortune, "Are Video Games An Addiction? The World Health Organization Thinks So," 18 June 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 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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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 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

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manually adverb

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