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manual

[man-yoo-uh l]
adjective
  1. done, operated, worked, etc., by the hand or hands rather than by an electrical or electronic device: a manual gearshift.
  2. involving or using human effort, skill, power, energy, etc.; physical: manual labor.
  3. of or relating to the hand or hands: manual deformities.
  4. of the nature of a manual or handbook: manual instructions.
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noun
  1. a small book, especially one giving information or instructions: a manual of mathematical tables.
  2. a nonelectric or nonelectronic typewriter; a typewriter whose keys and carriage may be powered solely by the typist's hands.
  3. Military. the prescribed drill in handling a rifle: the manual of arms.
  4. Music. a keyboard, especially one of several belonging to a pipe organ.
  5. Automotive. manual transmission.
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Origin of manual

1375–1425; < Latin manuālis (adj.), manuāle (noun) (something) that can be held in the hand (manu(s) hand + -ālis, -āle -al1, -al2); replacing late Middle English manuel < Middle French < Latin, as above
Related formsman·u·al·ly, adverbnon·man·u·al, adjectivenon·man·u·al·ly, adverbun·man·u·al, adjectiveun·man·u·al·ly, adverb
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manual

adjective
  1. of or relating to a hand or hands
  2. operated or done by handmanual controls
  3. physical, as opposed to mental or mechanicalmanual labour
  4. by human labour rather than automatic or computer-aided means
  5. of, relating to, or resembling a manual
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noun
  1. a book, esp of instructions or informationa car manual
  2. music one of the keyboards played by hand on an organ
  3. military the prescribed drill with small arms
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Derived Formsmanually, adverb

Word Origin for manual

C15: via Old French from Latin manuālis, from manus hand
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Word Origin and History for manually

adv.

late 15c., from manual (adj.) + -ly (2).

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manual

n.

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.

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manual

adj.

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").

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