- 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 maneuvering
Anytime we have to put up the sail or tack or do any maneuvering, it requires all hands on deck.Inside Sailing’s Biggest Race
October 11, 2014
Albany functions better than it has in years, in part, at least, through his maneuvering to keep the GOP in power.Andrew Cuomo Can't Ignore It Now: He's Weak Even at Home
September 10, 2014
Several Soviet-era BMD-1 armored vehicles were dug in and a T-84 tank was maneuvering in a field.As the Key Battle Looms, a Report from Ukraine's Front Lines
August 13, 2014
So now Saakashvili is a wanted man and Ivanishvili is maneuvering to bring him down once and for all.Georgian Ex-President Faces Criminal Charges, Blames Putin Cronies
July 31, 2014
And that sort of maneuvering is emblematic of what the show is all about.Beau Willimon on Most Shocking Twists in ‘House of Cards’ Season 2
February 15, 2014
Maneuvering continues, but actual encounters have declined in frequency.The Outbreak of Peace
Horace Brown Fyfe
You are right, for there is nothing to be gained by maneuvering to throw them off the track.Adrift on the Pacific
Edward S. Ellis
The maneuvering continued, the cruiser drawing closer to the battleship.Space Prison
It obviously hadn't been operating while the ship was maneuvering into position.Pushbutton War
Joseph P. Martino
They were maneuvering and managing in every possible way to secure the final vote.Charles I
- the usual US spelling of manoeuvre
Word Origin and History for maneuvering
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.