Definition of manual in English:

manual

Syllabification: man·u·al
Pronunciation: /ˈmanyə(wə)l
 
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adjective

1Of or done with the hands: manual dexterity manual hauling of boats along the towpath
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  • They are the only primates in the world that subsist on grass, and they have the greatest manual dexterity of any monkey on earth.
  • And he did so with an enviable manual dexterity driven by a witty, incisive mind.
  • Loss of abilities related to manual dexterity may affect work performance and may threaten or end essential career options.
Synonyms
done with one's hands, by hand, laboring, physical, blue-collar
1.1(Of a machine or device) worked by hand, not automatically or electronically: a manual typewriter
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  • An exquisite piece of workmanship, it is operated by a manual lever and recreates the sounds of the harp, harmonica and piccolo.
  • It can change gear manually in fractions of a second whether using the manual gear lever or F1-style paddles on the steering wheel.
  • If you get tired of the automatic, you can switch over to a motor-racing derived manual system operated by paddles located behind the steering wheel.
1.2 [attributive] Using or working with the hands: a manual laborer
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  • In summer, many manual laborers take their tops off because they get sweaty, or like to saunter along the sidewalks topless.
  • These manual laborers, long accustomed to toiling in the fields, are good workers.
  • Some work as manual laborers while others work as farmers, especially when the fishing is bad.

noun

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1A book of instructions, especially for operating a machine or learning a subject; a handbook: a computer manual a training manual
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  • Workers should also read the instruction manuals for computer terminals and be familiar with their operation, he said.
  • The book is an instruction manual for merchants in how to calculate profit and loss.
  • Legal and economic literature is arranged next to history books and computer manuals.
Synonyms
handbook, instruction book, instructions, guide, how-to book, companion, ABC, primer, guidebook, A to Z
informal bible
1.1A small book: a pocket-sized manual of the artist’s aphorisms
1.2 historical A book of the forms to be used by priests in the administration of the sacraments.
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  • This was used as church manual and is significant because of its early age and quoting other books of the Bible.
2A thing operated or done by hand rather than automatically or electronically, in particular.
2.1An organ keyboard played with the hands.
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  • The same format was often imitated at the organ, the pedal taking the bass and the manuals the treble lines.
  • The ostinato in the manuals is also regular, until it moves at the end of bar 27.
  • The BX - 3 has dual manuals with 61 keys each, full polyphony and a very natural feel.
2.2A vehicle with a manual transmission.
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  • The firmer suspension and sharper steering gives a ride that actually made me feel more a part of the car - something that I normally associate with manuals.
  • Both performed well although, as usual, the manual felt the most responsive while the kickdown on the auto lacked punch.
  • After I got the hang of the gearshift it was easier than a manual.

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French manuel, from (and later assimilated to) Latin manualis, from manus 'hand'.

Derivatives

manually

adverb
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  • Cans, plastic, glass and textiles will go in the boxes, which will be picked up by a van and manually sorted at the kerbside.
  • There was no crane on the site, so the 14 workers on the surface were trying to pull her up manually.
  • Public records can be manually searched and then posted to the net by people who happen to be looking there for something else.

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