Definition of hands-on in US English:



  • 1Involving or offering active participation rather than theory.

    ‘hands-on practice to gain experience’
    • ‘The time is equally divided between interactive theory classes and hands-on practical classes.’
    • ‘This training is best when it provides hands-on practice of the use of fire extinguishers.’
    • ‘The best methods for rehearsing allow hands-on participation by the entire unit.’
    • ‘In all, participants get hands-on training in eight skill areas of hunting and taking game.’
    • ‘Members tried their hands at the techniques to gain hands-on experience.’
    • ‘At their best, they bring a healthy dose of hands-on practicality to their efforts.’
    • ‘This will be followed by a hands-on workshop where participants carve and print their own woodblock.’
    • ‘As managing director, Rona takes an active, hands-on role in all her company's activities.’
    • ‘It gave me the hands-on training that I needed as I studied the theories of flying.’
    • ‘Patients were able to participate and gain hands-on experience.’
    empirical, hands-on, pragmatic, real, actual, active, applied, experiential, experimental, non-theoretical, in the field
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    1. 1.1Computing Involving or requiring personal operation at a keyboard.
      • ‘Keyboard shortcuts and tabbing support hands-on keying, or you can utilize standard mouse-click functionality.’