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[handz-on, -awn] /ˈhændzˈɒn, -ˈɔn/
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.
Origin of hands-on
1965-70; by analogy with hands-off Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for hands-on
  • 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.
  • Many are successful businessmen, whose hands-on style doesn't benefit them in their new role as candidates.
  • The camp gives kids hands-on time with shelter dogs, cats and farm animals.
  • He had never been a hands-on editor, and in this period there were times when his hands were nowhere near the magazine.
  • He wanted to take hands-on courses that would require creative thinking.
  • Virtual worlds provide an opportunity for hands-on engagement with community building, with contract, property and criminal law.
  • Three more days of great conversation and hands-on work later, my scholarly batteries were completely recharged.
British Dictionary definitions for hands-on


involving practical experience of equipment, etc: hands-on training in the use of computers
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Word Origin and History for hands-on

also hands on, as an adjective, by 1969.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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