Definition of manual in English:

manual

adjective

  • 1Of or done with the hands.

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

noun

  • 1A book of instructions, especially for operating a machine or learning a subject; a handbook.

    ‘a computer manual’
    ‘a training manual’
    • ‘Reading most occult books these days is like flipping through a computer manual.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It's a small office, with books and technical manuals, a computer, a desk and a small window.’
    • ‘He wrote his first book, a training manual called Inside the Cyclist.’
    • ‘Card tables covered with computer manuals, cell phone booklets and how-to guides compete for space on the sidewalk.’
    • ‘This shop now has a wonderful stock of gifts, souvenirs, music books, songbooks and instrument manuals.’
    • ‘Instructors teach from the instruction and safety manuals the company provides with its equipment.’
    • ‘Workers should also read the instruction manuals for computer terminals and be familiar with their operation, he said.’
    • ‘You may even have some of them partly written already in your instruction manuals or installation guides, etc.’
    • ‘Caregivers generally much prefer hands-on training to reading and following instructions in a user manual.’
    • ‘Lisa's collection consisted mostly of some science fiction and fantasy, comic books, and computer manuals of varying sorts.’
    • ‘A sand reference guide, also part of the manual, provides all information you need to set up each interface type.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Originally the company printed computer manuals but then moved into peripherals such as cables and leads - and then packaging.’
    • ‘Legal and economic literature is arranged next to history books and computer manuals.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We also replaced very detailed regulations and manuals with less specific instructions and policy directives.’
    • ‘There are no text books or manuals to refer to when you have a terminal illness.’
    • ‘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
    vade mecum
    bible
    enchiridion
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    1. 1.1A small book.
      ‘a pocket-sized manual of the artist's aphorisms’
    2. 1.2historical 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 thing operated or done by hand rather than automatically or electronically, in particular.

    1. 2.1An organ keyboard played with the hands.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The same format was often imitated at the organ, the pedal taking the bass and the manuals the treble lines.’
    2. 2.2A vehicle with a manual transmission.
      • ‘DCAM is a hybrid design which borrows freely from conventional automatics and servo-shifted manuals.’
      • ‘It meant that I could drive both automatics and manuals.’
      • ‘But first out is the £7,953 1.3-litre five-speed manual which went on sale this week.’
      • ‘On the road the manual was well behaved and although it lacked a little in the power department, it was apt enough.’
      • ‘Not a problem, and I was feeling pretty sober, even if the car, being a manual, was something I hadn't driven before.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The auto coupe's 0-60 time of 5.1 seconds is just a tenth slower than the manual's.’
      • ‘At any rate, ZF has a full stable of automatics, manuals and even the CVTs to serve nearly any niche.’
      • ‘‘He said he was unfamiliar with the car and normally drove a manual,’ said counsel.’
      • ‘All prices here are for manuals, but this Mercedes is better as an auto.’
      • ‘The original Thunderbird that inspired this model, sold from '55 to '57 was a manual after all.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

manual

/ˈmanyə(wə)l/