- The definition of manual is something done by hand.
An example of manual labor is work you physically do by yourself as opposed to with the use of a machine.
- Manual is defined as a guidebook that tells you how to operate something or do something.
An example of manual is the book that comes with your DVD player that tells you how to hook it up and use it.
An instruction manual.
manual definition by Webster's New World
- of or having to do with a hand or the hands
- made, done, worked, or used by the hands
- involving or doing hard physical work that requires use of the hands
- without electrical or other power: a manual typewriter
Origin: Middle English manuel ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin manualis ; from manus, a hand ; from Indo-European an unverified form mə-n-és (akin to an unverified form mṇtos from source Germanic an unverified form mund- from source Old Norse and amp; Old English mund, a hand) ; from base ; from an unverified form mər-, an unverified form mən-, hand
- a handy book of facts, instructions, etc. for use as a guide or reference; handbook
- any of the separate keyboards of an organ console or harpsichord
- prescribed drill in the handling of a weapon, esp. a riflealso manual of arms
Origin: ME manuele < ML manuale, manual, service book < LL, case or covering for a book < L manualis: see the adj.
- manually adverb
manual definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. Of or relating to the hands: manual skill.b. Done by, used by, or operated with the hands.c. Employing human rather than mechanical energy: manual labor.
- Of, relating to, or resembling a small reference book.
- A small reference book, especially one giving instructions.
- Music A keyboard, as of an organ or harpsichord, played with the hands.
- A machine operated by hand.
- Prescribed movements in the handling of a weapon, especially a rifle: the manual of arms.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French manuel, from Latin manuālis, from manus, hand; see manus .
- manˈu·al·ly adverb