Definition of Manual

1. Noun. A small handbook.

2. Adjective. Of or relating to the hands. "Manual dexterity"
Partainyms: Hand

3. Noun. (military) a prescribed drill in handling a rifle.
Exact synonyms: Manual Of Arms
Generic synonyms: Drill, Exercise, Practice, Practice Session, Recitation
Terms within: Order Arms
Category relationships: Armed Forces, Armed Services, Military, Military Machine, War Machine

4. Adjective. Requiring human effort. "A manual transmission"
Similar to: Hand-operated, Non-automatic
Antonyms: Automatic

5. Adjective. Doing or requiring physical work. "Manual laborer"
Similar to: Blue-collar

Definition of Manual

1. a. Of or pertaining to the hand; done or made by the hand; as, manual labor; the king's sign manual.

2. n. A small book, such as may be carried in the hand, or conveniently handled; a handbook; specifically, the service book of the Roman Catholic Church.

Definition of Manual

1. Proper noun. (Spanish male given name): a rare spelling variant of Manuel, sometimes considered erratic. ¹

2. Noun. Handbook. ¹

3. Noun. A booklet that instructs on the usage of a particular machine. ¹

4. Noun. (music) A keyboard for the hands on a harpsichord, organ, or other musical instrument. ¹

5. Noun. A manual transmission; a gearbox, especially of a motorized vehicle, shifted by the operator. ¹

6. Noun. (context: by syndoche) A vehicle with a manual transmission. ¹

7. Adjective. Performed with the hands (of an activity). ¹

8. Adjective. Operated by means of the hands (of a machine, device etc.). ¹

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Definition of Manual

1. a small reference book [n -S]

Medical Definition of Manual

1. Of or pertaining to the hand; done or made by the hand; as, manual labour; the king's sign manual. "Manual and ocular examination." Manual alphabet. See Dactylology. Manual exercise the exercise by which soldiers are taught the use of their muskets and other arms. Seal manual, the impression of a seal worn on the hand as a ring. Sign manual. See Sign. Origin: OE. Manuel, F. Manuel, L. Manualis, fr. Manus hand; prob. Akin to AS. Mund hand, protection, OHG. Munt, G. Mundel a ward, vormund guardian, Icel. Mund hand. Cf. Emancipate, Legerdemain, Maintain, Manage, Manner, Manur, Mound a hill. 1. A small book, such as may be carried in the hand, or conveniently handled; a handbook; specifically, the service book of the Roman Catholic Church. "This manual of laws, styled the Confessor's Laws." (Sir M. Hale) 2. A keyboard of an organ or harmonium for the fingers, as distinguished from the pedals; a clavier, or set of keys. 3. A prescribed exercise in the systematic handing of a weapon; as, the manual of arms; the manual of the sword; the manual of the piece (cannon, mortar, etc). Origin: Cf. F. Manuel, LL. Manuale. See Manual. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Manual

manu militari
manual (current term)
manual alphabet
manual communication
manual dexterity
manual labor
manual laborer
manual laborers
manual labour
manual of arms
manual transmission
manual ventilation

Literary usage of Manual

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

1. Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature by H.W. Wilson Company (1916)
"See Gas mantles manual training Adapting manual training to rural conditions. -manual Train 17:470-2 F '16 Application of productive workshop methods to the ..."

2. Education by Project Innovation (Organization) (1909)
"Drawing as an Aid to the Teaching of Other manual Branches DR. ... RAWING is the syntax of the arts and the foundation of all the manual branches. ..."

3. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"Certain of these forms of manual training had been advocated long ago by Locke and Franke, by Rousseau and Pestalozzi; but the recognition of its full value ..."

4. Annual Report by Grand Rapids (Mich.) Board of Education, Board of Education, Grand Rapids (Mich.) (1901)
"REPORT OF THE DIRECTOR OF manual TRAINING. Superintendent WH Elson: I submit the following report of the manual training department : The manual training ..."

5. Annual Report (1906)
"You manual training and drawing teachers by your work exercise a great ... manual training, as I understand, does not mean that each student shall be fitted ..."

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