Maneuver Definition

mə-no͝ovər, -nyo͝o-
maneuvered, maneuvering, maneuvers
noun
maneuvers
A movement or combination of movements involving skill and dexterity.
A gymnastics maneuver.
American Heritage
A planned and controlled tactical or strategic movement of troops, warships, aircraft, etc.
Webster's New World
Any skillful change of movement or direction in driving or controlling a vehicle or craft.
Webster's New World
Large-scale practice movements and exercises of troops, warships, aircraft, etc. under simulated battle conditions.
Webster's New World
Any movement or procedure intended as a skillful or shrewd step toward some objective; stratagem; artifice; scheme.
Webster's New World
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verb
maneuvered, maneuvering, maneuvers
To make a controlled series of changes in movement or direction toward an objective.
Maneuvered to get closer to the stage.
American Heritage
To perform or cause to perform a maneuver or maneuvers.
Webster's New World
To manage or plan skillfully or shrewdly; manipulate or scheme.
Webster's New World
To direct or guide (a vehicle, tool, etc.) with skill and dexterity.
Webster's New World
To act with skill or cunning in gaining an end.
The opposition maneuvered to force a vote.
American Heritage
Antonyms:
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Other Word Forms of Maneuver

Noun

Singular:
maneuver
Plural:
maneuvers

Origin of Maneuver

  • From Middle French manÅ“uvre (“manipulation, maneuver") and manÅ“uvrer (“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, handÄ¡eweorc, German Handwerk.

    From Wiktionary

  • French manœuvre from Old French maneuvre manual work from Medieval Latin manuopera from Latin manū operārī to work by hand manū ablative of manus hand man-2 in Indo-European roots operārī to work op- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • French manœuvre from Old French maneuvre manual work from Medieval Latin manuopera from Latin manū operārī to work by hand manū ablative of manus hand man-2 in Indo-European roots operārī to work op- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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