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 manÅ“uvre (â€œmanipulation, maneuverâ€) and manÅ“uvrer (â€œto maneuverâ€), from Old French manovre (â€œhandwork, manual labourâ€), from Medieval Latin manopera, manuopera (â€œwork done by hand, handworkâ€), from manu (â€œby handâ€) + operari (â€œto workâ€). First recorded in the Capitularies of Charlemagne (800 CE) to mean "chore, manual task", probably as a calque of the Frankish *handwerc (â€œhand-workâ€). Compare Old English handweorc, handÄ¡eweorc, German Handwerk.