Manual meaning

mănyo͝o-əl
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Without electrical or other power.

A manual typewriter.

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A small reference book, especially one giving instructions.
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(music) A keyboard, as of an organ or harpsichord, played with the hands.
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A machine operated by hand.
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(mech.) Designating or of a transmission, specif. an automotive transmission, requiring manual shifting of the gears.
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Of, relating to, or resembling a small reference book.
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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.

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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.

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A handy book of facts, instructions, etc. for use as a guide or reference; handbook.
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Any of the separate keyboards of an organ console or harpsichord.
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Prescribed drill in the handling of a weapon, esp. a rifle.
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A booklet that instructs on the usage of a particular machine.
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(music) A keyboard for the hands on a harpsichord, organ, or other musical instrument.
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A manual transmission; a gearbox, especially of a motorized vehicle, shifted by the operator.
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(by synecdoche) A vehicle with a manual transmission.
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A bicycle technique whereby the front wheel is held aloft by the rider, without the use of pedal foce.
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Performed with the hands (of an activity).
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Operated by means of the hands (of a machine, device etc.).
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A male given name: a rare spelling variant of Manuel, sometimes considered erratic.
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Prescribed movements in the handling of a weapon, especially a rifle.

The manual of arms.

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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.
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Origin of manual

  • Middle English from Old French manuel from Latin manuālis from manus hand manus

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

  • From Anglo-Norman manuel, manual, from Latin manuālis, from manus (“hand").

    From Wiktionary

  • From Old French manuel, from Late Latin manuāle

    From Wiktionary