Definition of Manoeuvre

1. Noun. A plan for attaining a particular goal.

Exact synonyms: Maneuver, Tactic, Tactics
Generic synonyms: Plan Of Action
Derivative terms: Tactical, Tactical, Tactician

2. Verb. Act in order to achieve a certain goal. "She maneuvered herself into the directorship"
Exact synonyms: Maneuver, Manoeuver
Generic synonyms: Act, Move

3. Noun. A military training exercise.
Exact synonyms: Maneuver, Simulated Military Operation
Group relationships: Military Training
Generic synonyms: Military Operation, Operation
Category relationships: Armed Forces, Armed Services, Military, Military Machine, War Machine
Derivative terms: Maneuver

4. Verb. Direct the course; determine the direction of travelling. "The men manoeuvre the boat "

5. Noun. A deliberate coordinated movement requiring dexterity and skill. ; "The runner was out on a play by the shortstop"

6. Verb. Perform a movement in military or naval tactics in order to secure an advantage in attack or defense.
Exact synonyms: Maneuver, Manoeuver, Operate
Generic synonyms: Go, Move
Specialized synonyms: Jockey
Derivative terms: Maneuver, Operation

7. Noun. A move made to gain a tactical end.

8. Noun. An action aimed at evading an opponent.
Exact synonyms: Evasive Action, Maneuver
Generic synonyms: Evasion
Specialized synonyms: Clinch, Airplane Maneuver, Flight Maneuver, Straight-arm

Definition of Manoeuvre

1. Noun. (AU NZ UK) A movement, often one performed with difficulty. ¹

2. Noun. (UK often plural) A large movement of military troops. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive AU NZ UK) To move (something) carefully, and often with difficulty, into a certain position. ¹

4. Noun. (alternative spelling of manoeuvre) ¹

5. Verb. (alternative spelling of manoeuvre) ¹

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Definition of Manoeuvre

1. [v -VRED, -VRING, -VRES]

Medical Definition of Manoeuvre

1. A planned movement or procedure. Origin: Fr. Manoeuvre, fr. L. Manu operari, to work by hand (05 Mar 2000)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Manoeuvre

mannuronan C-5 epimerase
mannuronic acid
mano a mano
mano destra
mano sinistra
manoeuvre (current term)
manoeuvre the apostles

Literary usage of Manoeuvre

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. History of the World War by Frank Herbert Simonds (1919)
"This was the home manoeuvre—important, but not controlling. IV. THE RUSSIAN manoeuvre But it is to the foreign field that we must look to gather any ..."

2. The Invasion of the Crimea: Its Origin and an Account of Its Progress Down by Alexander William Kinglake (1875)
"This manoeuvre of Upton's, however, was only a brief one, not preceded or followed by any other like efforts ; and (having before seen the failure of every ..."

3. Historical Memoirs of My Own Time by Nathaniel William Wraxall (1815)
"He unquestionably displayed equal coolness and science, on the day of the 12th of April; directed in person every manoeuvre, and preserved during twelve ..."

4. Travels in North-America, in the Years 1780, 1781, and 1782 by François Jean Chastellux, George Grieve (1787)
"... be the work only of one night, the effect of a fimple manoeuvre^ of a fingle combination ? Who could fore- fee, ..."

5. Our Wild Indians: Thirty-three Years Personal Experience Among the Red Men by Richard Irving Dodge (1884)
"... Six Days on tho Trail — An Exciting manoeuvre — Indian Tactics — Cunning and Skill — The Wrong Scent—Scouting for Apaches — The Fresh Track—A Successful ..."

6. The Writings in Prose and Verse of Rudyard Kipling by Rudyard Kipling (1899)
"It was a pretty manoeuvre, neatly carried out. Speaking for the second division of the Southern Army, our first intimation of the attack was at twilight, ..."

7. The Writings of George Washington: Being His Correspondence, Addresses by George Washington (1847)
"Should you determine to remove, remember to give it the air of some manoeuvre, that the enemy may be at a loss what to think of it. I am, &,c. ..."

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