[handz-on, -awn]


characterized by or involved in active personal participation in an activity; individual and direct: a workshop to give children hands-on experience with computers.
requiring manual operation, control, adjustment, or the like; not automatic or computerized: The hands-on telephone switchboard is almost obsolete.

Origin of hands-on

First recorded in 1965–70; by analogy with hands-off
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involving practical experience of equipment, etchands-on training in the use of computers
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Word Origin and History for hands-on

also hands on, as an adjective, by 1969.

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