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 are the key phrases that might clue you in: Our processing of personal data for these purposes includes both automated and manual (human) methods of processing. Sean Hollister, The Verge, "Microsoft’s new privacy policy admits humans are listening to some Skype and Cortana recordings," 14 Aug. 2019 Hispanic men were overrepresented in machine operative and manual labor jobs in every state except Hawaii. Eric Hoyt, The Conversation, "Why Trump’s stoking of white racial resentment is effective – but makes all working-class Americans worse off," 29 July 2019 Additionally, the patch will add a menu option to enable full, manual uninstall of Zoom. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, "Zoom Will Fix the Flaw That Let Hackers Hijack Webcams," 9 July 2019 The old- world mentality is that cooks are low income, manual labor jobs. Jenn Harrisstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "We took ‘The Farewell’ director Lulu Wang on an SGV food crawl," 2 Aug. 2019 From a safety perspective, the ability for drivers to restart their cars quickly should help reduce the time drivers and the AMR Safety team are exposed on track in comparison to a manual restart. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "IndyCar introducing hybrid technology, delays new engine debut to 2022," 1 Aug. 2019 When first launched, CourseKey made a simple software tool that allowed professors to take attendance without a manual roll call. Brittany Meiling, San Diego Union-Tribune, "24-year-old SDSU grad raises $5 million for college startup CourseKey," 30 July 2019 These include machine and factory operatives, manual laborers and service occupations. Eric Hoyt, The Conversation, "Why Trump’s stoking of white racial resentment is effective – but makes all working-class Americans worse off," 29 July 2019 Garage door openers have a manual release which can be used when the power is off. Rose Meily, The Mercury News, "Real deal: Silicon Valley Realtors learn of new laws," 26 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Concrete Mushrooms Project also developed a step-by-step manual for how to convert and reuse bunkers. Laura Mallonee, WIRED, "Cold War–Era Bunker Mania Forever Altered Albania," 23 July 2019 The manual also says that officers should take into consideration the severity of the crime and whether or not the subject poses a threat. Jameelah Nasheed, Teen Vogue, "An 11-Year-Old Was Tasered in the Back by an Off-Duty Cop in Ohio," 9 Aug. 2018 But a dual-clutch transmission is ultimately a manual. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "Redesigned C8 Corvette Stingray ditches manual transmission: The stick shift is dying," 19 July 2019 There's no manual or special instructions for care or even a case to store it in. Pat Brennan, Cincinnati.com, "The wild ride of Cincinnati USWNT player Rose Lavelle's FIFA World Cup winner's gold medal," 19 July 2019 There was no manual for how to tour and practice self-care. Ilana Kaplan, Los Angeles Times, "Hayley Kiyoko is an LGBTQ hero and Taylor Swift BFF. Next? Becoming a proper superstar," 18 July 2019 Some of the materials in its guidelines, Uber said, can be found in a typical airline manual. Michael J. Coren, Quartz, "Uber made a blueprint for safe self-driving cars it wants the rest of the industry to follow," 18 July 2019 Like parenting, there is no instructional manual on how to deal with cancer.’’ All Cole wants to do for his players is to try to keep things as close to normal as a team can be with a teammate fighting cancer. Pomerado News, "Nighthawk running back tackles new foe – cancer," 17 July 2019 There are mission control manuals 3 inches thick and canisters for pneumatic tubes. David W. Brown, BostonGlobe.com, "NASA reopens Apollo Mission Control room that once landed men on moon," 29 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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The first known use of manual was in the 15th century

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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

Other Words from manual

manually adverb

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