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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020 man•u•al /ˈmænyuəl/
USA pronunciation adj.
operated by hand rather than mechanically: a manual gearshift. [before a noun ]
involving or requiring human effort; physical: manual labor.
of or relating to the hands. n.
[ countable ]
a book giving instructions on how something works or on how to do something: a computer manual.
man•u•al•ly, adv. : When the automatic devices for the landing gear failed, he tried to lower it manually. See -man- 1. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020 man•u•al
(man ′yo̅o̅ əl), USA pronunciation adj.
done, operated, worked, etc., by the hand or hands rather than by an electrical or electronic device: a manual gearshift.
involving or using human effort, skill, power, energy, etc.; physical: manual labor.
of or pertaining to the hand or hands: manual deformities.
of the nature of a manual or handbook: manual instructions. n.
a small book, esp. one giving information or instructions: a manual of mathematical tables.
Computinga nonelectric or nonelectronic typewriter; a typewriter whose keys and carriage may be powered solely by the typist's hands.
Militarythe prescribed drill in handling a rifle: the manual of arms.
Music and Dancea keyboard, esp. one of several belonging to a pipe organ. AutomotiveSee manual transmission. man ′u•al•ly, adv.
Latin, as above Middle French Latin manuālis (adjective, adjectival), manuāle (noun, nominal) (something) that can be held in the hand ( manu( s) hand + -ālis, -āle - al 1, - al 2); replacing late Middle English manuel 1375–1425
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
manual / ˈmænjʊəl/ adj of or relating to a hand or hands operated or done by hand physical, as opposed to mental or mechanical: manual labour by human labour rather than automatic or computer-aided means n a book, esp of instructions or information one of the keyboards played by hand on an organ the prescribed drill with small arms Etymology: 15 th Century: via Old French from Latin manuālis, from manus hand ˈmanually adv
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