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

Since a change of heart in the prohibition of narcotics seems unlikely, the government will instead resort to more manual eradication—sending soldiers in helicopters to tear out crops while others hold farmers back. The Economist, "Cocaine production in Colombia is at historic highs," 5 July 2019 Previous work, relying on manual data entry, has been limited to smaller sets of studies. Katherine Ellen Foley, Quartz, "25 years of women being underrepresented in medical research, in charts," 3 July 2019 The difficulty in collating the necessary figures, and the high rate of errors introduced by the extremely manual collection process, meant that the team had little time to analyze the data and make recommendations for improvement, Mr. Wilson said. Tatyana Shumsky, WSJ, "Vodafone Supercharges Its Procurement With Automation, AI," 28 June 2019 Officials developed workarounds for some processes — creating temporary Gmail accounts and a manual system for completing property sales — but many systems remain offline. Ian Duncan, baltimoresun.com, "Meet Baltimore's IT director, who stepped away from a corporate career and into a ransomware crisis," 27 June 2019 Armstrong took manual control, slowed the descent, and began flying the Eagle like a helicopter, almost parallel to the surface. The Washington Post, al.com, "How did NASA put men on the moon? One harrowing step at a time," 19 June 2019 While the driver enjoys an eight-way power adjustable seat, with seat-bottom tilt, the passenger gets just two-way manual adjustment. (james Halfacre), San Diego Union-Tribune, "2019 Mazda3: elevated design, distinct character," 8 June 2019 For a long time, vocational schools in the U.S. have been synonymous with manual labor; but that’s not the case in Europe. Stephane Kasriel, Fortune, "Why Upwork Scratched College Degree Requirements From Our Job Descriptions," 6 June 2019 Some of the methods used to control invasive species include manual clearing, hunting, and fishing. Christina Nunez, National Geographic, "Invasive species, explained," 5 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Glimpses of classic Dungeons & Dragons manuals and period issues of Penthouse are scattered around the screen. Noah Berlatsky, The Verge, "In season 3, Stranger Things’ celebration of ’80s pop culture becomes a political ideology," 8 July 2019 Unlike pickers in manual warehouses, the pickers on Staten Island have almost no relief from plucking goods off shelves, other than their breaks. Noam Scheiber, New York Times, "Inside an Amazon Warehouse, Robots’ Ways Rub Off on Humans," 3 July 2019 The owners manual will have specific recommendations. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "If you're traveling by car this July 4th, here's a road trip checklist," 3 July 2019 In a bit of trivia, the world’s oldest horse-training manual also comes from the Mittani; its people were known for their horsemanship and developed lighter, faster spoked wheels for their war chariots. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Drought Reveals Ancient Palace in Iraqi Reservoir," 1 July 2019 Porowski’s latest deal is a partnership with Saeco, an Italian manufacturer of manual, automatic, and capsule espresso machines. Rachel King, Fortune, "Queer Eye’s Antoni Porowski on Netflix, Social Media, and Opening a Restaurant," 30 June 2019 Crayton noted the district’s discipline manual now explicitly states a child cannot be expelled from school for disrespect or willful disobedience, uniform violations or as a result of multiple suspensions. nola.com, "New Orleans schools seek better discipline process as expulsions drop but suspensions rise," 27 June 2019 Inflates in seconds with no pump or manual blowing required. Roy M. Wallack, latimes.com, "Camping gear that takes the ‘rough’ out of roughing it," 26 June 2019 The Max 8 flight manual shown to CNN does not refer to the MCAS system by name. Robyn Kriel, Idris Mukhtar And Caitlin Hu, CNN, "This is the flight simulator and manual used to train pilots of doomed Ethiopian Airlines flight," 21 June 2019

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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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