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 Although the Crew Dragon capsule is designed to fly autonomously, Behnken and Hurley will pilot the craft briefly during its flight to test its manual control systems. Daniel Oberhaus, Wired, "What It’s Like to Be First to Fly a Brand New Spacecraft," 25 May 2020 But assuming an on-time launch and problem-free climb to space, Hurley and Behnken will check out the Crew Dragon's systems and take a few moments to test its manual control system before calling it a day. William Harwood, CBS News, ""It's tremendously exciting": NASA astronauts counting down to historic launch aboard SpaceX Crew Dragon this week," 25 May 2020 More Even highly manual operations like driving trucks are ripe for such advances. Jennifer Smith, WSJ, "Trucking Looks to Bundle Up Technology," 24 May 2020 In human terms, fulfillment is the manual process by which often low-wage laborers fill and package orders at sprawling distribution centers like the one at 5151 Shelby Drive, where signature orange swooshes adorn low-slung buildings. Coronavirus, ProPublica, "Nike Turned Away a Public Health Official From Its Warehouse Days After a Worker With COVID-19 Died," 23 May 2020 The election showed that Wisconsin's labor-intensive and largely manual absentee ballot system buckled under the surge of ballot requests. Daphne Chen, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Changes are coming to the absentee ballot request process. Here's how that will affect Wisconsin voters.," 22 May 2020 Previous SlideNext Slide After a reboot, the ZFS kernel module still wasn't loaded... but this time, a manual modprobe zfs actually worked, and the module loaded successfully. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Linux distro review: Fedora Workstation 32," 19 May 2020 Currently the agency’s shelves are empty of the following items: canes, crutches, walkers, bedside commodes, tub transfer benches, shower chairs, manual wheelchairs and transport chairs. Vincent T. Davis, ExpressNews.com, "Project Mend seeks medical equipment from San Antonio community to continue helping those in need," 14 May 2020 There can be chores and manual labor and scavenger hunts and bike riding and gardening and whatever else, but back off the school work. The Washington Post, "On Parenting: Meghan Leahy took your questions," 13 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Buy now: $26, amazon.com The Food of Sichuan by Fuschia Dunlop Fushcia Dunlop’s hefty new release can hardly be called just a cookbook—the 480-page manual is decades in the making. Megan Spurrell, Condé Nast Traveler, "The 11 Best Cookbooks for Eating Your Way Around the World," 23 Mar. 2020 The Mormon Church’s leadership instruction manual does not include anything specific about breast-feeding, but nursing mothers should always feel welcome, church spokeswoman Iren Caso said in an e-mail. Sarah Pulliam Bailey, BostonGlobe.com, "Mormon women press Brigham Young University to allow breast-feeding at women’s conference," 8 Feb. 2020 The app is optional to use but was the preferred method for sending in results, according to the Iowa Democrat Party precinct leader manual. NBC News, "Iowa precinct leaders report problems with app for reporting results," 3 Feb. 2020 And the manual on board the McCain was three years out of date. T. Christian Miller, ProPublica, "The Navy installed touch-screen steering systems to save money.," 20 Dec. 2019 Under the case is the manual and other paper documents to go along with the Note 10+. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "We went hands-on with the Note 10+ 'Star Wars' Edition and the force is strong," 12 Dec. 2019 No one has been able to turn off that speaker, and the owner’s manual is of no help. Bob Weber, chicagotribune.com, "Motormouth: If drain plug is shot, no need to replace entire oil pan," 1 Nov. 2019 Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly described the manual as a CIA document. Allison Hope, Quartz at Work, "This US spy manual intended to sabotage Nazis has great tips for coping with your toxic boss," 2 Oct. 2019 For electrocutions, the manual requires that the front curtain remain closed until prison officials have strapped the inmate to the electric chair and performed three actions. Denise Lavoie, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Lawsuit calls for full public view of executions in Virginia," 23 Sep. 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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29 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Manual.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/manual. Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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manual

adjective
How to pronounce manual (audio)

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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