WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
ma•noeu•vre /məˈnuvɚ/USA pronunciation   n., v., -vred, -vring. 
  1. British Terms[Chiefly Brit.]maneuver.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
ma•noeu•vre  (mə no̅o̅vər), 
n., v.t., v.i., -vred, -vring. 
  1. British Terms[Chiefly Brit.]maneuver.

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
ma•neu•ver /məˈnuvɚ/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. a planned movement of troops, warships, etc.
  2. Militarymaneuvers, [plural] a series of military exercises used as practice for war:The troops are out on maneuvers.
  3. a clever or skillful movement, action, or trick; a crafty tactic;
    a ploy:another maneuver to gain control of the company.

  • Militaryto move or change the position of by a maneuver: [+ object]She maneuvered the truck around the fallen tree.[no object]He maneuvered out of the way of the fallen tree.
  • to scheme; make a plot;
    intrigue[no object]He maneuvered for the job for a year.
  • Also,[esp. Brit.,]manoeuvre. See -man-1.
    WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
    ma•neu•ver  (mə no̅o̅vər), 
    n., v., -vered, -ver•ing. 

  • a planned and regulated movement or evolution of troops, warships, etc.
  • Militarymaneuvers, a series of tactical exercises usually carried out in the field by large bodies of troops in simulating the conditions of war.
  • an act or instance of changing the direction of a moving ship, vehicle, etc., as required.
  • an adroit move, skillful proceeding, etc., esp. as characterized by craftiness;
    ploy:political maneuvers.

  • v.t. 
  • Militaryto change the position of (troops, ships, etc.) by a maneuver.
  • to bring, put, drive, or make by maneuvers:He maneuvered his way into the confidence of the enemy.
  • to manipulate or manage with skill or adroitness:to maneuver a conversation.
  • to steer in various directions as required.

  • v.i. 
  • to perform a maneuver or maneuvers.
  • to scheme;
  • Also,[esp. Brit.,]manoeuvre. 
    Etymology:1470–80 for an earlier sense;
    1750–60 for current noun, nominal 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
    ma•neuver•a•ble, adj. 
    ma•neu′ver•a•bili•ty, n. 
    ma•neuver•er, n. 
    4 . stratagem, tactic, ruse, artifice;
    procedure, scheme, plot, plan. 6 . scheme, contrive, intrigue. 7 . handle, finesse. 10 . plot, plan.

    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    manoeuvre, US maneuver /məˈnuːvə/ n
    1. a contrived, complicated, and possibly deceptive plan or action
    2. a movement or action requiring dexterity and skill
    3. a tactic or movement of one or a number of military or naval units
    4. (plural) tactical exercises, usually on a large scale
    5. a planned movement of an aircraft in flight
    6. any change from the straight steady course of a ship
    1. (transitive) to contrive or accomplish with skill or cunning
    2. (intransitive) to manipulate situations, etc, in order to gain some end
    3. (intransitive) to perform a manoeuvre or manoeuvres
    4. to move or deploy or be moved or deployed, as military units, etc
    Etymology: 15th Century: from French, from Medieval Latin manuopera manual work, from Latin manū operāre to work with the hand

    maˈnoeuvrable, US maˈneuverable adj maˌnoeuvraˈbility, US maˌneuveraˈbility n maˈnoeuvrer, US maˈneuverer n maˈnoeuvring, US maˈneuvering n

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