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Pronunciation: /ˈmanjʊ(ə)l

Definition of manual in English:


1Relating to or done with the hands: manual dexterity
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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.
1.1(Of a device) operated or controlled by hand, rather than 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 labourer
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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.


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1A book giving instructions or information: a computer 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.
1.1 historical (In the Christian Church) 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 vehicle with 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.
3An organ keyboard played with the hands not the feet.
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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.


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



Example sentences
  • 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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