- a planned and regulated movement or evolution of troops, warships, etc.
- maneuvers, a series of tactical exercises usually carried out in the field by large bodies of troops in simulating the conditions of war.
- an act or instance of changing the direction of a moving ship, vehicle, etc., as required.
- an adroit move, skillful proceeding, etc., especially as characterized by craftiness; ploy: political maneuvers.
- to change the position of (troops, ships, etc.) by a maneuver.
- to bring, put, drive, or make by maneuvers: He maneuvered his way into the confidence of the enemy.
- to manipulate or manage with skill or adroitness: to maneuver a conversation.
- to steer in various directions as required.
- to perform a maneuver or maneuvers.
- to scheme; intrigue.
Origin of maneuver
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Examples from the Web for maneuver
Once discovered, this maneuver did not endear the councilors to their constituents.Anti-Fluoriders Are The OG Anti-Vaxxers
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I try to stay sober enough to maneuver back to West Hollywood.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
In battle, it means the ability to shift from suicide bombers to tank columns and maneuver warfare in the span of a day.Has ISIS Peaked as a Military Power?
October 22, 2014
The soldiers there made no efforts to maneuver and confront ISIS.The Paper Tiger of the Tigris: How ISIS Took Tikrit Without a Fight
June 29, 2014
The aim of this exercise, one has to believe, is to maneuver Moscow into the circle of good global citizenship.Let's Take Away the 2018 World Cup from Putin's Russia
June 10, 2014
The English detected at once the maneuver of their opponents.The Raid From Beausejour; And How The Carter Boys Lifted The Mortgage
Charles G. D. Roberts
But this maneuver serves no purpose: the facts remain as they are.The Sexual Question
Twice the maneuver was repeated, each time with the same success.The Downfall
Well,” remarked Monroe, as he witnessed this maneuver, “what is it?The Bondwoman
Marah Ellis Ryan
The maneuver was repeated three times, and they then gained the end house of the village.The Young Franc Tireurs
G. A. Henty
- the usual US spelling of manoeuvre
Word Origin and History for maneuver
"planned movement of troops or warship," 1758, from French manoeuvre "manipulation, maneuver," from Old French manovre "manual labor" 13c.), from Medieval Latin manuopera (source of Spanish maniobra, Italian manovra), from manuoperare "work with the hands," from Latin manu operari, from manu, ablative of manus "hand" (see manual (adj.)) + operari "to work, operate" (see operation). The same word had been borrowed from French into Middle English in a sense "hand-labor" (late 15c.). General meaning "artful plan, adroit movement" is from 1774. Related: Maneuvers.
1777, from maneuver (n.), or else from French manœurvrer "work, work with one's hands; carry out, prepare" (12c.), from Medieval Latin manuoperare. Originally in a military sense. Figurative use from 1801. Related: Maneuvered; maneuvering.
- A movement or procedure involving skill and dexterity.
- To manipulate into a desired position or toward a predetermined goal.