[ muh-noo-ver ]
/ məˈnu vər /
a planned and regulated movement or evolution of troops, warships, etc.
maneuvers, a series of tactical exercises usually carried out in the field by large bodies of troops in simulating the conditions of war.
an act or instance of changing the direction of a moving ship, vehicle, etc., as required.
an adroit move, skillful proceeding, etc., especially as characterized by craftiness; ploy: political maneuvers.
verb (used with object), ma·neu·vered, ma·neu·ver·ing.
to change the position of (troops, ships, etc.) by a maneuver.
to bring, put, drive, or make by maneuvers: He maneuvered his way into the confidence of the enemy.
to manipulate or manage with skill or adroitness: to maneuver a conversation.
to steer in various directions as required.
verb (used without object), ma·neu·vered, ma·neu·ver·ing.
to perform a maneuver or maneuvers.
to scheme; intrigue.
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Also especially British, ma·noeu·vre .
Origin of maneuver
First recorded in 1470–80 for an earlier sense; 1750–60 for current noun sense; from French manoeuvre, Middle French manuevre “handwork,” derivative of Old French manuvrer, from 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
OTHER WORDS FROM maneuverma·neu·ver·a·ble, adjectivema·neu·ver·a·bil·i·ty, nounma·neu·ver·er, nounun·ma·neu·vered, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for maneuver
They created drag and affected the maneuverability of the plane.The Biography of a Rabbit|Roy Benson
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 maneuver
/ (məˈnuːvə) /
the usual US spelling of manoeuvre
Derived forms of maneuvermaneuverable, adjectivemaneuverability, nounmaneuverer, nounmaneuvering, noun
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Medical definitions for maneuver
[ mə-nōō′vər ]
A movement or procedure involving skill and dexterity.
To manipulate into a desired position or toward a predetermined goal.
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