- 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.
- 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 of manualMiddle 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 of manualME manuele < ML manuale, manual, service book < LL, case or covering for a book < L manualis: see the adj.
- 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.
- A maneuver in certain board sports, such as skateboarding, in which all of the board except one end is lifted off the ground, especially when the tip of the board is kept from making contact with the ground.
Origin of manualMiddle English, from Old French manuel, from Latin manuālis, from manus, hand; see manus .
- A handbook.
- A booklet that instructs on the usage of a particular machine.
- (music) A keyboard for the hands on a harpsichord, organ, or other musical instrument.
- A manual transmission; a gearbox, especially of a motorized vehicle, shifted by the operator.
- (by synecdoche) A vehicle with a manual transmission.
- A bicycle technique whereby the front wheel is held aloft by the rider, without the use of pedal foce.