- 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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- capable of being steered or directed; easy to maneuver: The polyethylene craft remains as durable and maneuverable as any conventional high-performance kayak.
- able to maneuver easily: maneuverable troops; I felt extremely maneuverable on these shorter skis.
Origin of maneuverable
Examples from the Web for maneuverability
Once we were inside, we'd have no maneuverability to speak of.Legacy
James H Schmitz
They created drag and affected the maneuverability of the plane.The Biography of a Rabbit
Arcot wanted to demonstrate the effectiveness of the ship's armament first, and then the maneuverability.Islands of Space
John W Campbell
- the usual US spelling of manoeuvre
Word Origin and History for maneuverability
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.
"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.
- A movement or procedure involving skill and dexterity.
- To manipulate into a desired position or toward a predetermined goal.