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[man-meyd] /ˈmænˈmeɪd/
produced, formed, or made by humans.
produced artificially; not resulting from natural processes.
  1. (of a fiber) manufactured synthetically from a cellulosic or noncellulosic base; produced chemically.
  2. (of a fabric or garment) constructed of synthetically made fibers.
Origin of man-made
1710-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • There is no conclusive proof of man-made work on Mars, nor of the existence of conscious life of any kind.

    Lectures in Navigation Ernest Gallaudet Draper
  • If it be man-made, and I'll bet my bottom dollar that it is, we will also have to destroy it.

    The Solar Magnet Sterner St. Paul Meek
  • If ever a man-made religious formula required revising to suit the progress of ideas it is this one.

  • If the taking of the city had been a massacre, the sack that had followed had been a man-made Hell.

    Space Viking Henry Beam Piper
  • They are not man-made; we cannot claim them, nor can we fasten our existence to them.

    The Reform of Education Giovanni Gentile
British Dictionary definitions for man-made


made or produced by man; artificial
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