maneuver[mə no̵̅o̅′vər, -nyo̵̅o̅′-]
- The definition of maneuver is a careful and skillful move or series of moves or a scheme or plot that requires skill to carry out.
- An example of a maneuver is parallel parking.
- An example of a maneuver is a scheme to hide money losses that involves tricky financial maneuvers.
- To maneuver is defined as to move in a skillful manner or to complete a series of skillful moves or a carefully planned scheme.
- An example of maneuver is when you have to turn your car to parallel park.
- An example of manuever is when you are carrying out the steps of a devious plan.
- a planned and controlled tactical or strategic movement of troops, warships, aircraft, etc.
- large-scale practice movements and exercises of troops, warships, aircraft, etc. under simulated combat conditions
- any skillful change of movement or direction in driving a vehicle, controlling a spacecraft, etc.; specif.,
- any change of movement by a flying aircraft
- a series of movements by an aircraft according to a specific pattern, as a roll, a loop, etc.
- any movement or procedure intended as a skillful or shrewd step toward some objective; stratagem; artifice; scheme
Origin of maneuverFrench manœuvre, origin, originally , hand labor ; from Vulgar Latin manuopera ; from Classical Latin manu operare, to work by hand ; from manus, a hand (see manual) + opera, plural of opus, a work: see opus
- to perform or cause to perform a maneuver or maneuvers
- to manage or plan skillfully or shrewdly; manipulate or scheme
- to direct or guide (a vehicle, tool, etc.) with skill and dexterity
- to move, lead, get, put, make, compel, etc. (a person or thing) by some stratagem or scheme
- a. A movement or combination of movements involving skill and dexterity: a gymnastics maneuver.b. A controlled change in movement or direction of a moving vehicle or vessel, as in the flight path of an aircraft.
- a. A strategic or tactical military or naval movement.b. often maneuvers A large-scale tactical exercise carried out under simulated conditions of war.
- a. A skillful or cunning action undertaken to gain an end: “the canny maneuvers of a man after money and ease” (Cynthia Ozick). See Synonyms at wile.b. The undertaking of such actions: “a skilled diplomat's eye for maneuver” (Garry Wills).
verbma·neu·vered, ma·neu·ver·ing, ma·neu·vers
- To make a controlled series of changes in movement or direction toward an objective: maneuvered to get closer to the stage.
- To carry out a military or naval maneuver.
- To act with skill or cunning in gaining an end: The opposition maneuvered to force a vote.
- To move or direct through a series of movements or changes in course: maneuvered the drill into position; maneuvered the car through traffic.
- To alter the tactical placement of (troops or warships).
- To manipulate into a desired position or toward a predetermined goal: maneuvered him into signing the contract.
Origin of maneuverFrench manœuvre, from Old French maneuvre, manual work, from Medieval Latin manuopera, from Latin manū operārī, to work by hand : manū, ablative of manus, hand; see man-2 in Indo-European roots + operārī, to work; see op- in Indo-European roots.
(plural maneuvers) (American)
- A movement, often one performed with difficulty.
- Parallel parking can be a difficult maneuver.
- (often in the plural) A large training field-exercise of military troops.
- The army was on maneuvers.
- Joint NATO maneuvers are as much an exercise in diplomacy as in tactics and logistics.
- An adroit or cunning action; a stratagem.
(third-person singular simple present maneuvers, present participle maneuvering, simple past and past participle maneuvered) (American)
From Middle French manœuvre (“manipulation, maneuver”) and manœuvrer (“to maneuver”), from Old French manovre (“handwork, manual labour”), from Medieval Latin manopera, manuopera (“work done by hand, handwork”), from manu (“by hand”) + operari (“to work”). First recorded in the Capitularies of Charlemagne (800 CE) to mean "chore, manual task", probably as a calque of the Frankish *handwerc (“hand-work”). Compare Old English handweorc, handġeweorc, German Handwerk.