[handz-on, -awn]
characterized by or involved in active personal participation in an activity; individual and direct: a workshop to give children hands-on experience with computers.
requiring manual operation, control, adjustment, or the like; not automatic or computerized: The hands-on telephone switchboard is almost obsolete.

1965–70; by analogy with hands-off

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involving practical experience of equipment, etc: hands-on training in the use of computers

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Example sentences
Thanks to renewed interest in hands-on computing, researchers have continued to
  push the boundaries of displays and interfaces.
Theirs was a hands-on life of the stage, not a remote life of the study.
Even science-minded people with no patience or ability for hands-on study have
  plenty of opportunities.
Science and math principles are taught through hands-on activities, not through
  rote learning.
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