noun, verb (used with or without object), ma·noeu·vred, ma·noeu·vring.
- mano a mano,
- mano nera, la,
- manon lescaut
verb (used with object), ma·neu·vered, ma·neu·ver·ing.
verb (used without object), ma·neu·vered, ma·neu·ver·ing.
Origin of maneuver
Examples from the Web for manoeuvre
Rather than higher inflation, tumbling oil prices point to reduced price pressure and more room for manoeuvre for central bankers.
The first manoeuvre of the French army disconcerted the plans of the Mamelukes; still they continued to charge.Military Career of Napoleon the Great|Montgomery B. Gibbs
He delayed the manoeuvre to the last moment, however, for what he deemed to be sufficient reasons.Homeward Bound|James Fenimore Cooper
Sir William Howe continued to manoeuvre towards the flank, and in front of the left wing of the American army.The Life of George Washington, Vol. 2 (of 5)|John Marshall
The manoeuvre was so successful that it was repeated with equally satisfactory results.The Strange Adventures of Eric Blackburn|Harry Collingwood
Now to fancy that I was capable of suspecting you of such a manoeuvre!The Letters of Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Barrett, Vol. 1 (of 2) 1845-1846|Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Barrett
- a tactic or movement of one or a number of military or naval units
- (plural)tactical exercises, usually on a large scale
Word Origin for manoeuvre
1777, from maneuver (n.), or else from French manœurvrer "work, work with one's hands; carry out, prepare" (12c.), from Medieval Latin manuoperare. Originally in a military sense. Figurative use from 1801. Related: Maneuvered; maneuvering.
"planned movement of troops or warship," 1758, from French manoeuvre "manipulation, maneuver," from Old French manovre "manual labor" 13c.), from Medieval Latin manuopera (source of Spanish maniobra, Italian manovra), from manuoperare "work with the hands," from Latin manu operari, from manu, ablative of manus "hand" (see manual (adj.)) + operari "to work, operate" (see operation). The same word had been borrowed from French into Middle English in a sense "hand-labor" (late 15c.). General meaning "artful plan, adroit movement" is from 1774. Related: Maneuvers.