manual

1 of 2

adjective

man·​u·​al ˈman-yə-wəl How to pronounce manual (audio)
-yəl,
-yü-əl
1
a
: 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

2 of 2

noun

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
3
a
: 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

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? See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
The bike delivers three modes of transport: manual pedal mode, three-stage pedal-assist mode (with speeds that top at 10, 15, and 20 miles per hour), and throttle mode, which delivers a boost of speed for six to eight seconds. Nathan Borchelt, Travel + Leisure, 16 Feb. 2024 In addition to streamlining operations, this reduces the possibility of errors that come with manual processes and redundancy. Jaclyn Pagnotta, Forbes, 16 Feb. 2024 At the beginning of the 1980s, over a third of the vehicles built in the U.S. had a manual gearbox; at the beginning of this decade, that number was closer to one percent, according to The New York Times. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 14 Feb. 2024 Keep in Mind Novices may need some time and practice to perfect the technique of this manual opener. Maya Polton, Better Homes & Gardens, 8 Feb. 2024 The Florida Supreme Court had ordered manual recounts across the state, which Team Bush saw as an unconstitutional overreach. E. Tammy Kim, The New Yorker, 7 Feb. 2024 That last group includes a manual barrel and pincushion slider, along with a checkbox for Defringe. PCMAG, 5 Feb. 2024 The barrel includes the aforementioned lock switch, as well as discrete control rings to set the zoom and manual focus, but nothing else. PCMAG, 6 Feb. 2024 Border Town at the Screen Door 145 Driggs Ave., Brooklyn (Tacos $5.) Unlike corn tortillas, flour ones are most often shaped by hand, instead of flattened in a manual press. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, 4 Feb. 2024
Noun
This bread lame comes with five razor blades, an instructional manual, and a magnetic bread handle that’s shorter than most, which ultimately offers you more control while scoring. Stephanie Osmanski, Better Homes & Gardens, 17 Feb. 2024 These customers cited a Cybertruck user manual which advises owners to meticulously maintain the vehicles in order to avoid corrosion and other surface damage. Popular Science, 14 Feb. 2024 The vehicle is accompanied by tools, manuals, and documentation that includes a history report compiled by Ferrari historian Marcel Massini. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 12 Feb. 2024 The Help section includes both a quick start guide and a manual, the latter of which takes a long time to load. PCMAG, 6 Feb. 2024 But Disney and Frito-Lay seem t have thrown out the manual. Brian Steinberg, Variety, 1 Feb. 2024 Courtesy of Netflix How Netflix’s Griselda cements the girlboss narrative As a female drug lord, Griselda is a manual for how to have it all. Laura Zornosa, TIME, 26 Jan. 2024 Those manuals are available from the manufacturers online. Sacramento Bee, 30 Jan. 2024 The mill was mated to the same five-speed manual, both of which came from the E30-generation 325i, and could generate 168 hp and 164 ft lbs of torque. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 29 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of manual was in the 15th century

Dictionary Entries Near manual

Cite this Entry

“Manual.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/manual. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

manual

1 of 2 adjective
man·​u·​al ˈman-yə(-wə)l How to pronounce manual (audio)
1
: of, relating to, or involving the hands
manual skill
2
: worked or operated by hand
a car with a manual transmission
3
: requiring or using physical skill and energy
manual labor
manually
adverb

manual

2 of 2 noun
1
: a small book
especially : handbook
2
: the set movements in the handling of a weapon during a military drill
the manual of arms
Etymology

Adjective

Middle English manuel "relating to the hands, manual," from early French manuel (same meaning), from Latin manualis (same meaning), from manus "hand" — related to manage, maneuver, manufacture see Word History at maneuver

Medical Definition

manual

adjective
man·​u·​al ˈman-yə(-wə)l How to pronounce manual (audio)
1
a
: of, relating to, or involving the hands
manual dexterity
b
: done or performed by hand and not by machine
manual removal of nits and liceJerome Potts
2
: using signs and the manual alphabet in teaching the deaf compare oral sense 2

Legal Definition

manual

adjective
man·​u·​al ˈman-yə-wəl How to pronounce manual (audio)
: 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
manually adverb

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