manual

adjective
man·u·al | \ ˈman-yə-wəl , -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

The automatic, on the other hand, differs from the manual by including remote start, an unobtrusive auto stop/start that can’t be deactivated, and 205/55R16 all-season tires on aluminum rims. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "Chevy’s smooth diesel Cruze hatchback boasts 600-mile range," 12 May 2018 Travel booked through Rising Star will automatically sync up for teams using Artist Growth, decreasing repetitive manual data entry and saving time. Taylor Mims, Billboard, "Artist Growth Integrates With Rising Star Travel to Streamline Tour Scheduling," 12 July 2018 The stadium even still has a manual scoreboard, which is about as old-school as a ballpark gets. Chris Kaltenbach, baltimoresun.com, "A guide to visiting all of Maryland's minor league ballparks," 10 July 2018 Hospital staff switched to a backup supply of oxygen gas cylinders and manual resuscitators as doctors searched for additional cylinders from local gas suppliers and medical clinics. Parth M.n., latimes.com, "When an Indian hospital was running out of oxygen, these doctors tried to help. So why were they sent to jail?," 29 June 2018 Some dogs fear the big lens, in which case, Rodgers has a less-obtrusive compact camera with manual options on standby. Jayme Moye, Outside Online, "How to Take Any Dog on an Adventure," 27 June 2018 Start by setting your camera to full manual mode and turning off the flash. Emily Price, Popular Mechanics, "How to Capture Perfect Fireworks Photos," 3 July 2018 At several junctures, Dominguez put the train in manual mode and made stops as precise as C.B.T.C.’s. William Finnegan, The New Yorker, "Can Andy Byford Save the Subways?," 2 July 2018 Shifty: The electronic sport automatic transmission has eight gears with manual mode. Scott Sturgis, Philly.com, "BMW X3 gets a redesign for 2018," 28 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The cost is $5 per workshop and includes the use of a computer, a manual and practice exercise files. Staff Report, Daily Southtown, "Church news," 10 July 2018 Astronomers are now taking a page from the fly’s survival manual. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The Flyeye Telescope Will Use Insect Vision To Save the World," 11 June 2018 View 68 Photos Depending on the engine, buyers will choose from a six-speed manual, seven-speed automatic, or nine-speed automatic transmission. Noah Joseph, Car and Driver, "2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter: Building a Better Box," 9 Feb. 2018 The latter was also based on a motivational/self-help manual, Queen Bees and Wannabes. Lauren Le Vine, Redbook, "Coming Soon to a Theater Near You: Lean In the Movie," 24 Jan. 2014 The United States last month agreed to allow a Texas man to distribute online instruction manuals for a pistol that could be made by anyone with access to a 3-D printer. New York Times, "‘Downloadable Gun’ Clears a Legal Obstacle, and Activists Are Alarmed," 13 July 2018 Among the records being sought are an inspector general manual that lays out the guidelines governing the office and FBI policy guides on how disciplinary matters should be handled. Eric Tucker, chicagotribune.com, "Lawsuit says DOJ not providing documents to ex-FBI official Andrew McCabe," 13 June 2018 Sweden has not gone to war with another country for over two centuries, but that hasn’t stopped the government from reissuing an emergency manual from World War II that advises citizens on how best to cope with hypothetical hostilities. Laignee Barron, Time, "Sweden Advises Its Citizens to Prepare Wet Wipes and Tinned Hummus in the Event of War," 22 May 2018 Employees in some of Walmart Inc.’s 4,700 stores will now be allowed to wear shirts of any solid color, rather than just blue or white, according to an employee manual obtained by Bloomberg News. BostonGlobe.com, "Russia joins bid to win compensation over US metals tariffs," 20 Apr. 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

Middle English manuel, from Anglo-French, from Latin manualis, from manus hand; akin to Old English mund hand and perhaps to Greek marē hand

Noun

see manual entry 1

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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 \

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 \

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 \

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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