maneuver

[ muh-noo-ver ]
/ məˈnu vər /

noun

verb (used with object), ma·neu·vered, ma·neu·ver·ing.

verb (used without object), ma·neu·vered, ma·neu·ver·ing.

to perform a maneuver or maneuvers.
to scheme; intrigue.

Nearby words

  1. manes,
  2. manet,
  3. manet, edouard,
  4. manet, édouard,
  5. manetho,
  6. maneuverability,
  7. maneuverable,
  8. manfredini,
  9. manful,
  10. manfully

Also especially British, ma·noeu·vre.

Origin of maneuver

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 formsma·neu·ver·a·ble, adjectivema·neu·ver·a·bil·i·ty, nounma·neu·ver·er, nounun·ma·neu·vered, adjective

maneuverable

[ muh-noo-ver-uh-buh l ]
/ məˈnu vər ə bəl /

adjective

capable of being steered or directed; easy to maneuver: The polyethylene craft remains as durable and maneuverable as any conventional high-performance kayak.
able to maneuver easily: maneuverable troops; I felt extremely maneuverable on these shorter skis.

Origin of maneuverable


Related formsma·neu·ver·a·bil·i·ty, nounma·neu·ver·a·bly, adverbun·ma·neu·ver·a·ble, adjective

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Examples from the Web for maneuverability

  • They created drag and affected the maneuverability of the plane.

  • Arcot wanted to demonstrate the effectiveness of the ship's armament first, and then the maneuverability.

    Islands of Space|John W Campbell
  • Once we were inside, we'd have no maneuverability to speak of.

    Legacy|James H Schmitz


British Dictionary definitions for maneuverability

maneuver

/ (məˈnuːvə) /

noun, verb

the usual US spelling of manoeuvre
Derived Formsmaneuverable, adjectivemaneuverability, nounmaneuverer, nounmaneuvering, noun

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Word Origin and History for maneuverability
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Medicine definitions for maneuverability

maneuver

[ mə-nōōvər ]

n.

A movement or procedure involving skill and dexterity.

v.

To manipulate into a desired position or toward a predetermined goal.

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