WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
man•u•al /ˈmænyuəl/USA pronunciation   adj. 
  1. operated by hand rather than mechanically:[before a noun]a manual gearshift.
  2. involving or requiring human effort;
    physical:manual labor.
  3. of or relating to the hands.

n. [countable]
  1. a book giving instructions on how something works or on how to do something:a computer manual.
man•u•al•ly, adv. : When the automatic devices for the landing gear failed, he tried to lower it manually.See -man-1.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
man•u•al  (manyo̅o̅ əl),USA pronunciation adj. 
  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.

n. 
  1. a small book, esp. one giving information or instructions:a manual of mathematical tables.
  2. Computinga nonelectric or nonelectronic typewriter;
    a typewriter whose keys and carriage may be powered solely by the typist's hands.
  3. Militarythe prescribed drill in handling a rifle:the manual of arms.
  4. Music and Dancea keyboard, esp. one of several belonging to a pipe organ.
  5. AutomotiveSee  manual transmission. 
manu•al•ly, adv. 
  • 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
  • 1375–1425


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manual /ˈmænjʊəl/ adj
  1. of or relating to a hand or hands
  2. operated or done by hand
  3. physical, as opposed to mental or mechanical: manual labour
  4. by human labour rather than automatic or computer-aided means
n
  1. a book, esp of instructions or information
  2. one of the keyboards played by hand on an organ
  3. the prescribed drill with small arms
Etymology: 15th Century: via Old French from Latin manuālis, from manus hand

ˈmanually adv



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