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hands-on

[ handz-on, -awn ]
/ ˈhændzˈɒn, -ˈɔn /
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adjective

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.

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RELATED WORDS

firsthand, manual, primary, direct, individual, explicit, immediate, intimate, experienced

Nearby words

hands off, hands up, hands-down, hands-free, hands-off, hands-on, handsaw, handsel, handset, handsew, handsewn

Origin of hands-on

First recorded in 1965–70; by analogy with hands-off
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British Dictionary definitions for hands-on

hands-on


adjective

involving practical experience of equipment, etchands-on training in the use of computers
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for hands-on

hands-on


also hands on, as an adjective, by 1969.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper