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maneuver

[muh-noo-ver] /məˈnu vər/
noun
1.
a planned and regulated movement or evolution of troops, warships, etc.
2.
maneuvers, a series of tactical exercises usually carried out in the field by large bodies of troops in simulating the conditions of war.
3.
an act or instance of changing the direction of a moving ship, vehicle, etc., as required.
4.
an adroit move, skillful proceeding, etc., especially as characterized by craftiness; ploy:
political maneuvers.
verb (used with object), maneuvered, maneuvering.
5.
to change the position of (troops, ships, etc.) by a maneuver.
6.
to bring, put, drive, or make by maneuvers:
He maneuvered his way into the confidence of the enemy.
7.
to manipulate or manage with skill or adroitness:
to maneuver a conversation.
8.
to steer in various directions as required.
verb (used without object), maneuvered, maneuvering.
9.
to perform a maneuver or maneuvers.
10.
to scheme; intrigue.
Also, especially British, manoeuvre.
Origin
1470-1480
1470-80 for an earlier sense; 1750-60 for current noun sense; < French manoeuvre, Middle French manuevre handwork, derivative of Old French manuvrer < Latin manū operāre to do handwork, equivalent to manū (ablative of manus hand) + operāre to work (see operate); replacing earlier maanorre manual labor < Middle French, as above
Related forms
maneuverable, adjective
maneuverability, noun
maneuverer, noun
unmaneuvered, adjective
Synonyms
4. stratagem, tactic, ruse, artifice; procedure, scheme, plot, plan. 6. scheme, contrive, intrigue. 7. handle, finesse. 10. plot, plan.
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Examples from the web for maneuvers
  • These maneuvers allowed engineers to change the craft's speed and direction without burning fuel.
  • At the end of their useful lives spacecraft typically contain some fuel left over from launch or from orbital maneuvers.
  • Barring legislative maneuvers to block or modify the new policy, the changes will take effect automatically.
  • The program then maneuvers the vehicle accordingly, angling it so it bounces toward the thrower.
  • They put a bulletproof vest on me and the night's maneuvers begin.
  • They made a few unusual maneuvers while they were up there, including flying sideways and inducing stall warnings.
  • It involved a radical internal shift and some extreme self-protection maneuvers.
  • There is undoubtedly a moment of wonder as the fowl take to the ring and perform a series of maneuvers.
  • But such maneuvers won't protect the company in other jurisdictions.
  • When the battlefield changes, so must our maneuvers.
British Dictionary definitions for maneuvers

maneuver

/məˈnuːvə/
noun, verb
1.
the usual US spelling of manoeuvre
Derived Forms
maneuverable, adjective
maneuverability, noun
maneuverer, noun
maneuvering, noun
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Word Origin and History for maneuvers

maneuver

n.

"planned movement of troops or warship," 1758, from French manoeuvre "manipulation, maneuver," from Old French manovre "manual labor" 13c.), from Medieval Latin manuopera (source of Spanish maniobra, Italian manovra), from manuoperare "work with the hands," from Latin manu operari, from manu, ablative of manus "hand" (see manual (adj.)) + operari "to work, operate" (see operation). The same word had been borrowed from French into Middle English in a sense "hand-labor" (late 15c.). General meaning "artful plan, adroit movement" is from 1774. Related: Maneuvers.

v.

1777, from maneuver (n.), or else from French manœurvrer "work, work with one's hands; carry out, prepare" (12c.), from Medieval Latin manuoperare. Originally in a military sense. Figurative use from 1801. Related: Maneuvered; maneuvering.

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maneuvers in Medicine

maneuver ma·neu·ver (mə-nōō'vər, -nyōō'-)
n.
A movement or procedure involving skill and dexterity. v. ma·neu·vered, ma·neu·ver·ing, ma·neu·vers
To manipulate into a desired position or toward a predetermined goal.

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