[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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hands-on definition

  1. mod.
    having to do with an instructional session where the learners are able to handle the device they are being trained to operate. : Please plan to attend a hands-on seminar on computers next Thursday.
  2. mod.
    having to do with an executive or manager who participates directly in operations. : We expect that he will be the kind of hands-on president we have been looking for.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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