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 In the 1940s, tractors and mechanical equipment replaced manual processes and horses. Brandon Silveira, Forbes, 8 June 2021 Control surfaces are so large that manual control by the pilot is augmented by hydraulic booster pumps. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, 3 June 2021 But Dines, who grew up in Romania under dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu, aims to go beyond just automating existing manual processes to improve productivity. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, 21 Apr. 2021 Oftentimes, the smart thermostat will fit in the same location on the wall of your home as the old manual control thermostat. Kyle Schurman, chicagotribune.com, 15 Mar. 2021 When Wedge switched to manual control, the Lockheed contractors on the George H. W. Bush immediately began to radio, wanting to know if everything was okay. Elliot Ackerman, Wired, 26 Jan. 2021 The company would look to reduce manual processes such as product orders and certain warehouse operations, finance chief Mark Joslin said in an Oct. 26 phone call. Mark Maurer, WSJ, 12 Nov. 2020 Two Japanese providers of shareholder services mishandled postal votes for more than a thousand companies ahead of annual general meetings held this year, underscoring risks stemming from the nation’s continued reliance on manual processes. Taiga Uranaka, Bloomberg.com, 24 Sep. 2020 Certainly financial services saw that, where the scale of data was just increasing, the scale of trades was increasing, and the traditional manual processes couldn't keep up. CBS News, 19 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Actually, the case of a dictionary or an etiquette manual is a lot simpler than, say, the case of a novel by William Faulkner. Louis Menand, The New Yorker, 31 May 2021 Instead, vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna use small bits of genetic material called mRNA, which, like an instruction manual, tell your cells to make a protein normally found on the outside of the virus. Dr. Divya Chhabra, ABC News, 19 May 2021 Read the instruction manual; unless something is really soiled, a basic cold- or warm-water cycle is sufficient to clean in combination with a high-efficiency machine and detergent. Washington Post, 18 May 2021 This includes a pedometer, holder, lithium battery, screwdriver, and an instruction manual. Chris Hachey, BGR, 18 May 2021 And unlike putting together a grill or a vacuum cleaner, there is no manual. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, 13 May 2021 The genetic code of the virus works like an instruction manual, which keeps updating to improve the virus’s chances of survival. Biman Mukherji, Fortune, 10 May 2021 The difference is that the Johnson & Johnson shot delivers the instruction manual through another virus, rather than mRNA. Joni Sweet, Health.com, 7 May 2021 Minority Report was supposed to be a warning, not an instruction manual. Nick Sibilla, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2021

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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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“Manual.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/manual. Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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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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