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maneuver

[muh-noo-ver]
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noun
  1. a planned and regulated movement or evolution of troops, warships, etc.
  2. maneuvers, a series of tactical exercises usually carried out in the field by large bodies of troops in simulating the conditions of war.
  3. an act or instance of changing the direction of a moving ship, vehicle, etc., as required.
  4. an adroit move, skillful proceeding, etc., especially as characterized by craftiness; ploy: political maneuvers.
verb (used with object), ma·neu·vered, ma·neu·ver·ing.
  1. to change the position of (troops, ships, etc.) by a maneuver.
  2. to bring, put, drive, or make by maneuvers: He maneuvered his way into the confidence of the enemy.
  3. to manipulate or manage with skill or adroitness: to maneuver a conversation.
  4. to steer in various directions as required.
verb (used without object), ma·neu·vered, ma·neu·ver·ing.
  1. to perform a maneuver or maneuvers.
  2. to scheme; intrigue.
Also especially British, ma·noeu·vre.

Origin of maneuver

1470–80 for an earlier sense; 1750–60 for current noun sense; < French manoeuvre, Middle French manuevre handwork, derivative of Old French manuvrer < Latin manū operāre to do handwork, equivalent to manū (ablative of manus hand) + operāre to work (see operate); replacing earlier maanorre manual labor < Middle French, as above
Related formsma·neu·ver·a·ble, adjectivema·neu·ver·a·bil·i·ty, nounma·neu·ver·er, nounun·ma·neu·vered, adjective

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4. stratagem, tactic, ruse, artifice; procedure, scheme, plot, plan. 6. scheme, contrive, intrigue. 7. handle, finesse. 10. plot, plan.
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British Dictionary definitions for maneuver

maneuver

noun, verb
  1. the usual US spelling of manoeuvre
Derived Formsmaneuverable, adjectivemaneuverability, nounmaneuverer, nounmaneuvering, noun
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Word Origin and History for maneuver

n.

"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.

v.

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.

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maneuver in Medicine

maneuver

(mə-nōōvər)
n.
  1. A movement or procedure involving skill and dexterity.
v.
  1. To manipulate into a desired position or toward a predetermined goal.
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