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manual

[man-yoo-uh l] /ˈmæn yu əl/
adjective
1.
done, operated, worked, etc., by the hand or hands rather than by an electrical or electronic device:
a manual gearshift.
2.
involving or using human effort, skill, power, energy, etc.; physical:
manual labor.
3.
of or pertaining to the hand or hands:
manual deformities.
4.
of the nature of a manual or handbook:
manual instructions.
noun
5.
a small book, especially one giving information or instructions:
a manual of mathematical tables.
6.
a nonelectric or nonelectronic typewriter; a typewriter whose keys and carriage may be powered solely by the typist's hands.
7.
Military. the prescribed drill in handling a rifle:
the manual of arms.
8.
Music. a keyboard, especially one of several belonging to a pipe organ.
9.
Automotive. manual transmission.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; < Latin manuālis (adj.), manuāle (noun) (something) that can be held in the hand (manu(s) hand + -ālis, -āle -al1, -al2); replacing late Middle English manuel < Middle French < Latin, as above
Related forms
manually, adverb
nonmanual, adjective
nonmanually, adverb
unmanual, adjective
unmanually, adverb
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Examples for manual
  • Which is why his book is styled as a manual, full of sensible, practiced advice.
  • The antibody itself is not a vaccine, but it could be an instruction manual for making one.
  • One of the main things preventing robots from lending a hand with everyday tasks is a simple lack of manual dexterity.
  • To make the replacement, read the instruction manual to get an overview of the job.
  • One section of the manual covered the ejection system.
  • With most automatic-exposure systems, the user is afforded some degree of manual override.
  • Skilled manual labor is far more cognitive than people realize, Crawford argues, and deserves more respect.
  • This would be the whole publication manual, not the smaller electronic style guide.
  • In such systems the computer will not allow foolish manual changes.
  • This manual's authors heartily endorse the chant as completely accessible and effective at achieving desires for self and others.
British Dictionary definitions for manual

manual

/ˈmænjʊəl/
adjective
1.
of or relating to a hand or hands
2.
operated or done by hand manual controls
3.
physical, as opposed to mental or mechanical manual labour
4.
by human labour rather than automatic or computer-aided means
5.
of, relating to, or resembling a manual
noun
6.
a book, esp of instructions or information a car manual
7.
(music) one of the keyboards played by hand on an organ
8.
(military) the prescribed drill with small arms
Derived Forms
manually, adverb
Word Origin
C15: via Old French from Latin manuālis, from manus hand
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Word Origin and History for manual
manual
c.1400, from L. manualis "of or belonging to the hand," from manus "hand, strength, power over, armed force, handwriting," from PIE *men- "hand, to take in one's hand" (cf. O.E. mund "hand, protection, guardian," Ger. Vormund "guardian," Gk. mane "hand"). Related: Manually.
manual
early 15c., "service book used by a priest," from O.Fr. manuel, from L.L. manuale "case or cover of a book, handbook," neut. of L. manualis (see manual (adj.)). Meaning "a concise handbook" of any sort is from 1530s.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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