WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
man•u•al /ˈmænyuəl/USA pronunciation
adj. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
- operated by hand rather than mechanically:[before a noun]a manual gearshift.
- involving or requiring human effort;
- of or relating to the hands.
man•u•al•ly, adv. : When the automatic devices for the landing gear failed, he tried to lower it manually.See -man-1.
- a book giving instructions on how something works or on how to do something:a computer manual.
(man′yo̅o̅ əl),USA pronunciation adj.
- done, operated, worked, etc., by the hand or hands rather than by an electrical or electronic device:a manual gearshift.
- involving or using human effort, skill, power, energy, etc.;
- of or pertaining to the hand or hands:manual deformities.
- of the nature of a manual or handbook:manual instructions.
- a small book, esp. one giving information or instructions:a manual of mathematical tables.
- Computinga nonelectric or nonelectronic typewriter;
a typewriter whose keys and carriage may be powered solely by the typist's hands.
- Militarythe prescribed drill in handling a rifle:the manual of arms.
- Music and Dancea keyboard, esp. one of several belonging to a pipe organ.
- AutomotiveSee manual transmission.
- Latin, as above
- Middle French
- Latin manuālis (adjective, adjectival), manuāle (noun, nominal) (something) that can be held in the hand (manu(s) hand + -ālis, -āle -al1, -al2); replacing late Middle English manuel
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manual /ˈmænjʊəl/ adj
- of or relating to a hand or hands
- operated or done by hand
- physical, as opposed to mental or mechanical: manual labour
- by human labour rather than automatic or computer-aided means
Etymology: 15th Century: via Old French from Latin manuālis, from manus handˈmanually adv
- a book, esp of instructions or information
- one of the keyboards played by hand on an organ
- the prescribed drill with small arms
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