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manoeuvre

[muh-noo-ver] /məˈnu vər/
noun, verb (used with or without object), manoeuvred, manoeuvring.
1.
Chiefly British. maneuver.

maneuver

[muh-noo-ver] /məˈnu vər/
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), maneuvered, maneuvering.
5.
to change the position of (troops, ships, etc.) by a maneuver.
6.
to bring, put, drive, or make by maneuvers:
He maneuvered his way into the confidence of the enemy.
7.
to manipulate or manage with skill or adroitness:
to maneuver a conversation.
8.
to steer in various directions as required.
verb (used without object), maneuvered, maneuvering.
9.
to perform a maneuver or maneuvers.
10.
to scheme; intrigue.
Also, especially British, manoeuvre.
Origin of maneuver
1470-1480
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 forms
maneuverable, adjective
maneuverability, noun
maneuverer, noun
unmaneuvered, adjective
Synonyms
4. stratagem, tactic, ruse, artifice; procedure, scheme, plot, plan. 6. scheme, contrive, intrigue. 7. handle, finesse. 10. plot, plan.
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Examples from the Web for manoeuvre
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  • Do they not manoeuvre like soldiers who have seen stricken fields?

    Main Street Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • We stood gaping and staring at her, not knowing what to make of this manoeuvre, when "bang!"

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • The cutter imitated this manoeuvre, and the boat of the wreck went last.

    Homeward Bound James Fenimore Cooper
  • And we land-lubbers were not the only ones he tricked by his manoeuvre.

    Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini
  • The people will read of my manoeuvre with the bulletin of victory before them.

    Lord Kilgobbin Charles Lever
  • Of course, on his escape, he had to abandon the troops employed in this manoeuvre.

    The Philippine Islands John Foreman
  • Each week there was something to look forward to, something to plan for and manoeuvre.

    All Roads Lead to Calvary Jerome K. Jerome
  • I think that is a manoeuvre which he is the very man to execute successfully.

    The Nabob Alphonse Daudet
  • For this manoeuvre he might have been severely punished, had we chosen to interfere.

British Dictionary definitions for manoeuvre

manoeuvre

/məˈnuːvə/
noun
1.
a contrived, complicated, and possibly deceptive plan or action: political manoeuvres
2.
a movement or action requiring dexterity and skill
3.
  1. a tactic or movement of one or a number of military or naval units
  2. (pl) tactical exercises, usually on a large scale
4.
a planned movement of an aircraft in flight
5.
any change from the straight steady course of a ship
verb
6.
(transitive) to contrive or accomplish with skill or cunning
7.
(intransitive) to manipulate situations, etc, in order to gain some end: to manoeuvre for the leadership
8.
(intransitive) to perform a manoeuvre or manoeuvres
9.
to move or deploy or be moved or deployed, as military units, etc
Derived Forms
manoeuvrable, (US) maneuverable, adjective
manoeuvrability, (US) maneuverability, noun
manoeuvrer, (US) maneuverer, noun
manoeuvring, (US) maneuvering, noun
Word Origin
C15: from French, from Medieval Latin manuopera manual work, from Latin manū operāre to work with the hand

maneuver

/məˈnuːvə/
noun, verb
1.
the usual US spelling of manoeuvre
Derived Forms
maneuverable, adjective
maneuverability, noun
maneuverer, noun
maneuvering, noun
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Word Origin and History for manoeuvre

also manoeuver, alternative spelling of maneuver. Also see oe; -re. Related: manoeuvres; manoeuvred; manoeuvring.

maneuver

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.

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.

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manoeuvre in Medicine

maneuver ma·neu·ver (mə-nōō'vər, -nyōō'-)
n.
A movement or procedure involving skill and dexterity. v. ma·neu·vered, ma·neu·ver·ing, ma·neu·vers
To manipulate into a desired position or toward a predetermined goal.

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