- 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
Fr manœuvre, orig., hand labor < VL manuopera < L manu operare, to work by hand < manus, a hand (see manual) + opera, pl. of opus, a work: see opus
intransitive verb, transitive verb
- 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