ma•neu•ver(mə no̅o̅′vər), n., v.,-vered, -ver•ing. n.
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.
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.
to perform a maneuver or maneuvers.
to scheme; intrigue.
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