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

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 The margin didn’t reach the quarter-percentage-point threshold that would have prompted a manual recount. Arian Campo-flores, WSJ, "Democrat Andrew Gillum Concedes Florida Governor’s Race to Republican Ron DeSantis," 17 Nov. 2018 If the statewide margin between the candidates after the machine recount is less than 0.25 votes — one vote for every 400 cast — the counties conduct a manual recount. Terry Spencer, The Seattle Times, "Is Florida really screwed up? Its election recount explained," 14 Nov. 2018 Incumbent Bill Nelson and outgoing governor Rick Scott’s Senate race has narrowed to about .22 percent, which is under the legal threshold of .25 percent for a manual recount. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Stacey Abrams’s Campaign Says Recount or Runoff Is Possible—If All Georgia Votes Are Actually Counted—While Andrew Gillum’s Race Enters Recount Range in Florida," 8 Nov. 2018 The outgoing parliament has mandated a nationwide manual recount, and Iraq’s top court upheld that move. Reuters, Washington Post, "UPDATE 2-Iraqi PM Abadi and cleric Sadr announce political alliance," 23 June 2018 In July, Uber returned its cars to the roads in Pittsburgh, but in manual mode only. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Uber’s self-driving cars return to public roads for the first time since fatal crash," 20 Dec. 2018 In manual mode, there’s what’s known as a dual-wave bolus that allows you to fine-tune doses to reflect different foods or circumstances. David Lazarus, latimes.com, "Cutting-edge tech makes diabetes management easier (and less painful) than ever," 7 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Descriptions of the amount of manual force required to overcome EFS commands and raise the nose under some conditions vary from manual to manual for older and newer 737 models. Andy Pasztor, WSJ, "Lion Air Seeks More Details on Boeing Crash," 22 Nov. 2018 For instance, when a fire-light illuminates or another subsystem indicates a problem, pilots are trained to first stabilize the aircraft (a skill) but then turn to the manual to determine the correct procedure (rule following). Fox News, "Air Force brings AI to B-2, F-35 and F-15," 31 July 2018 While the state constitution does provide for certain kinds of legislative immunity, it’s generally intended for actions related to legislative acts, according to a state manual. Washington Post, "Arizona lawmaker apologizes after video shows 140 mph brag," 12 July 2018 New child care facilities on state land in both Texas and Florida are subject to multiple, often unannounced child welfare inspections per year, according to the policy manual. Graham Kates, CBS News, "Some detention centers for migrant children not subject to traditional inspections," 5 July 2018 The intersection does not meet the criteria for having a traffic control measure, according to the manual on traffic control devices, Lillie said. Kimberly Fornek, chicagotribune.com, "Brookfield driver cited for failure to yield in crash at Phillippa and Ravine in Hinsdale," 3 July 2018 According to the manual, jeans, jeggings, cargo pants, skirts and capris are all allowed. Leada Gore, AL.com, "Walmart unveils new employee dress code," 19 Apr. 2018 The university is allowed to earn a maximum of 10 percent of the regional's net receipts for hosting at an off-campus arena, according to the NCAA manual. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "Here's why Kentucky fans should be rooting for the Louisville women's basketball team," 9 Mar. 2018 It’s linked to a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "2019 Hyundai Veloster delivers performance and new features," 15 Jan. 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 \

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

Other Words from manual

manually adverb

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