Definition of manual in English:

manual

adjective

  • 1Relating to or done with the hands.

    ‘manual dexterity’
    • ‘It also heard that Bradford babies who died in their first year were more likely to have fathers in manual occupations than in other occupational groups.’
    • ‘‘Many associated them with big beard men working in manual occupations,’ he said.’
    • ‘Response rates were lower in women with manual occupations and from ethnic minorities but did not differ by type of delivery, type of pain relief, parity, or age.’
    • ‘And he did so with an enviable manual dexterity driven by a witty, incisive mind.’
    • ‘This window provides manual control of the telescope and any attached peripherals, such as a filter wheel or dome control.’
    • ‘Persons who do not have the time or the manual dexterity for these duties will have to entrust them to a competent groomer.’
    • ‘Lana took manual control of the sensor grid's scan cycle and focused it on the ship.’
    • ‘Loss of abilities related to manual dexterity may affect work performance and may threaten or end essential career options.’
    • ‘And who has good manual dexterity and coordination first thing in the morning?’
    • ‘They are the only primates in the world that subsist on grass, and they have the greatest manual dexterity of any monkey on earth.’
    • ‘I'm not complaining; it's great to have such a ready supply of manual labour.’
    • ‘As for Peter the Great, he might also have been akin to Edward II insofar as he was not afraid to indulge in manual occupations.’
    • ‘After my five seconds of philosophizing, the next thing I noticed was my rapid loss of manual dexterity.’
    • ‘Who would have thought that manual labouring could be so fun?’
    • ‘The program ODS2 also supports the manual alignment of physical and genetic maps.’
    • ‘For that dwindling portion of the population employed in manual labour, alternative work could be supplied.’
    • ‘His drones had been recalled and all of his cannons were on manual control with standby power.’
    • ‘They will tell her she is lying and they know that he does manual labour!’
    • ‘Not one critic, however, diminished the incredible manual dexterity needed to create them.’
    • ‘This gives rise to the first of the above definitions of dexterity as manual skill and neat-handedness.’
    done with one's hands, labouring, physical, blue-collar
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    1. 1.1 (of a device) operated or controlled by hand, rather than automatically or electronically.
      ‘a manual typewriter’
      • ‘A combination of automatic and manual controls produced a 61 percent savings on energy.’
      • ‘There was a deliberate insertion of a manual valve rather than an automatic fail safe.’
      • ‘At just $1 more than the most expensive manual brushes, they figured many consumers would trade up.’
      • ‘Even manual machines hold their own, and two companies - Olympia and Olivetti - still make them.’
      • ‘Power is handled by a five-speed manual gearbox that is beefed up, along with the clutch - make that a very heavy clutch.’
      • ‘Conrad used a propane burner under an old steel drum, an electric motor to turn mixing blades, and a manual pump.’
      • ‘He says his company doesn't even sell manual faucets anymore.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘If automatic valves are used, they should be controlled from a central location and be easy to override with manual controls.’
      • ‘Too often, high-efficiency light sources are connected to a manual switch.’
      • ‘Their fire engine was a wooden wagon with a manual pump.’
      • ‘A system operator can instruct a manual switch at anytime, load new software or reboot systems from this PC.’
      • ‘An exquisite piece of workmanship, it is operated by a manual lever and recreates the sounds of the harp, harmonica and piccolo.’
      • ‘He cursed to himself, and taking up the manual controls, he fired at one of the fighters with his secondary lasers.’
      • ‘For those with manual cameras f stops of f16 or f22 will achieve the best front to back sharpness or depth of field.’
      • ‘The SUAV must fly using autonomous or manual control to selected points.’
      • ‘The traffic department will be using polarisers, cameras and manual machines.’
      • ‘It can change gear manually in fractions of a second whether using the manual gear lever or F1-style paddles on the steering wheel.’
      • ‘I'd rather have a manual choke than an automatic choke, though.’
      • ‘Indeed, a highly motivated mother may be able to do well with only a manual pump.’
      hand-operated, hand, non-automatic
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    2. 1.2attributive Using or working with the hands.
      ‘a manual labourer’
      • ‘All things being equal the manual labourer will get a slight preference from me because he'll be tougher and stronger and less prone to injury.’
      • ‘Asian manual laborers who came to the United States in the nineteenth century were overwhelmingly male.’
      • ‘I am not your typical unskilled manual labourer.’
      • ‘As a manual laborer, he wonders how can he ever feel useful again.’
      • ‘They have tried to present the different facets of the former Pope's life as a manual labourer, poet, thespian and footballer.’
      • ‘That will mean a harsh deal for manual workers who can't physically work beyond 60 or 65.’
      • ‘He became a manual laborer and later a postal worker, a position that he retained until his retirement.’
      • ‘In summer, many manual laborers take their tops off because they get sweaty, or like to saunter along the sidewalks topless.’
      • ‘Many of them work as unskilled manual laborers, which confines them to low social and economic status.’
      • ‘These immigrants have come from positions ranging from low-level bureaucrats to manual laborers.’
      • ‘In the wilderness, elite men like Roosevelt no longer donned the business suits that separated them from manual laborers.’
      • ‘Some work as manual laborers while others work as farmers, especially when the fishing is bad.’
      • ‘They tried to supplement their income by hiring themselves out as day laborers, textile workers or manual laborers.’
      • ‘His poems reflect the experience of manual laborers and the union men and women who built the United States.’
      • ‘But today, the computer can actually make a better examination than a manual physician.’
      • ‘People working indoors do not get the sun exposure that their ancestors got as farmers and manual laborers.’
      • ‘His glasses gave him an intellectual appearance, but his build and physical presence were more like a manual laborer.’
      • ‘These manual laborers, long accustomed to toiling in the fields, are good workers.’
      • ‘If slave conditions need to change, human labour, needs and feelings of manual workers need to be respected.’
      • ‘It is highly unlikely for the family of high-ranking party officers to work as a manual laborer or miner, for example.’
      hand-operated, hand, non-automatic
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noun

  • 1A book giving instructions or information.

    ‘a computer manual’
    • ‘Legal and economic literature is arranged next to history books and computer manuals.’
    • ‘He said the manuals contained information on high-grade explosives and pipe bombs.’
    • ‘It's a book, about the same size as the instruction manual.’
    • ‘Reading most occult books these days is like flipping through a computer manual.’
    • ‘We also replaced very detailed regulations and manuals with less specific instructions and policy directives.’
    • ‘Caregivers generally much prefer hands-on training to reading and following instructions in a user manual.’
    • ‘It's fairly simple, just download it and follow the instructions in the manual to install it, then configure a directory for it to serve.’
    • ‘He wrote his first book, a training manual called Inside the Cyclist.’
    • ‘Instructors teach from the instruction and safety manuals the company provides with its equipment.’
    • ‘Lisa's collection consisted mostly of some science fiction and fantasy, comic books, and computer manuals of varying sorts.’
    • ‘Originally the company printed computer manuals but then moved into peripherals such as cables and leads - and then packaging.’
    • ‘Card tables covered with computer manuals, cell phone booklets and how-to guides compete for space on the sidewalk.’
    • ‘It's a small office, with books and technical manuals, a computer, a desk and a small window.’
    • ‘A sand reference guide, also part of the manual, provides all information you need to set up each interface type.’
    • ‘This shop now has a wonderful stock of gifts, souvenirs, music books, songbooks and instrument manuals.’
    • ‘You may even have some of them partly written already in your instruction manuals or installation guides, etc.’
    • ‘There are no text books or manuals to refer to when you have a terminal illness.’
    • ‘Workers should also read the instruction manuals for computer terminals and be familiar with their operation, he said.’
    • ‘What is going through my head, is that this guy is reading the instructions directly from the manual, which I can now recite by rote.’
    • ‘The book is an instruction manual for merchants in how to calculate profit and loss.’
    handbook, set of instructions, instructions, instruction book, guide, companion, reference book, abc, guidebook
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    1. 1.1historical (in the Christian Church) a book of the forms to be used by priests in the administration of the sacraments.
      • ‘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.

    • ‘All prices here are for manuals, but this Mercedes is better as an auto.’
    • ‘Not a problem, and I was feeling pretty sober, even if the car, being a manual, was something I hadn't driven before.’
    • ‘After I got the hang of the gearshift it was easier than a manual.’
    • ‘But first out is the £7,953 1.3-litre five-speed manual which went on sale this week.’
    • ‘It meant that I could drive both automatics and manuals.’
    • ‘DCAM is a hybrid design which borrows freely from conventional automatics and servo-shifted manuals.’
    • ‘At any rate, ZF has a full stable of automatics, manuals and even the CVTs to serve nearly any niche.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The auto coupe's 0-60 time of 5.1 seconds is just a tenth slower than the manual's.’
    • ‘On the road the manual was well behaved and although it lacked a little in the power department, it was apt enough.’
    • ‘The original Thunderbird that inspired this model, sold from '55 to '57 was a manual after all.’
    • ‘Both performed well although, as usual, the manual felt the most responsive while the kickdown on the auto lacked punch.’
    • ‘The list of available transmission options for Clio III is the same as for Modus and includes a six speed manual on the most powerful dCi 106.’
    • ‘‘He said he was unfamiliar with the car and normally drove a manual,’ said counsel.’
  • 3An organ keyboard played with the hands not the feet.

    • ‘The BX - 3 has dual manuals with 61 keys each, full polyphony and a very natural feel.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French manuel, from (and later assimilated to) Latin manualis, from manus ‘hand’.

Pronunciation

manual

/ˈmanjʊ(ə)l/