- 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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Examples from the Web for hands-on
Inevitably, the old visceral “hands-on” flying skills, no longer much employed by pilots, have atrophied like an unused limb.Flight 8501 Poses Question: Are Modern Jets Too Automated to Fly?
January 4, 2015
Adelson is known for being a hands-on donor who makes decisions carefully.Casino Tycoon Sheldon Adelson Takes $100 Million Gamble on GOP Senate
September 3, 2014
The “hands-on” laboratory allows visitors to use some of the technology, including being three-dimensionally scanned and printed.Art Goes High-Tech at These Four Innovative Exhibits
May 29, 2014
Being a parent myself has given me both additional sympathy and some hands-on experience with things that seem to be effective.Why Giving Adderall to Toddlers Is So Completely, Utterly Wrong
May 19, 2014
It informs and will inspire some to become more engaged in a hands-on way.Go Away, Coulter and Limbaugh; Hashtagging Is Better Than Snarking
May 14, 2014
I am speaking of a new engagement in the lives of others, a new activism, hands-on and involved, that gets the job done.
- involving practical experience of equipment, etchands-on training in the use of computers
Word Origin and History for hands-on
also hands on, as an adjective, by 1969.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper