- done, operated, worked, etc., by the hand or hands rather than by an electrical or electronic device: a manual gearshift.
- involving or using human effort, skill, power, energy, etc.; physical: manual labor.
- of or relating to the hand or hands: manual deformities.
- of the nature of a manual or handbook: manual instructions.
- a small book, especially one giving information or instructions: a manual of mathematical tables.
- a nonelectric or nonelectronic typewriter; a typewriter whose keys and carriage may be powered solely by the typist's hands.
- Military. the prescribed drill in handling a rifle: the manual of arms.
- Music. a keyboard, especially one of several belonging to a pipe organ.
- Automotive. manual transmission.
Origin of manual
Related Words for manualtext, textbook, handbook, guidebook, guide, workbook, cookbook, human, standard, primer, compendium, bible, schoolbook, enchiridion, physical
Examples from the Web for manual
Contemporary Examples of manual
Police said they seized several recording devices, including two hidden-camera clocks and a manual for a hidden-camera fan.Women Describe How Top D.C. Rabbi Allegedly Spied on Them in the Nude
Steven I. Weiss
October 22, 2014
One of the core principles of my system of productivity, Less Doing, is something I call “Creating the Manual of You.”How To Create Your Own User Manual
February 18, 2014
He still had the old Remington manual typewriter on which he punched out Run to Daylight!The Night Vince Lombardi Lay Awake Brooding Over a 49-0 Win
January 25, 2014
In Life a User's Manual, Perec uses excess to slip the bounds of realism.To Dream a Dream: Georges Perec’s Night Visions
December 26, 2013
Now and then, a postcard would arrive with a curt message, typed on a manual typewriter.The Man with the President’s Ear, Arthur Schlesinger Jr. and JFK
October 27, 2013
Historical Examples of manual
Well-educated gentlemen are not ashamed of manual labour in France.In the Heart of Vosges
The windlasses that lift the bridge are actuated by manual power.
Thus he was more inclined for manual toil like that of Thomas.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
For instance, they rendered it impossible for him to do any manual work.Father Sergius
They had the manual arts and crafts of the industrial North.With Manchesters in the East
Gerald B. Hurst
- of or relating to a hand or hands
- operated or done by handmanual controls
- physical, as opposed to mental or mechanicalmanual labour
- by human labour rather than automatic or computer-aided means
- of, relating to, or resembling a manual
- a book, esp of instructions or informationa car manual
- music one of the keyboards played by hand on an organ
- military the prescribed drill with small arms
Word Origin for manual
c.1400, from Latin manualis "of or belonging to the hand; that can be thrown by hand," from manus "hand, strength, power over; armed force; handwriting," from PIE *man- (2) "hand" (cf. Old Norse mund "hand," Old English mund "hand, protection, guardian," German Vormund "guardian," Greek mane "hand").
early 15c., "service book used by a priest," from Old French manuel "handbook" (also "plow-handle"), from Late Latin manuale "case or cover of a book, handbook," noun use of neuter of Latin manualis (see manual (adj.)). Meaning "a concise handbook" of any sort is from 1530s.