• Manual

    Pronunciation

    • UK IPA: /ˈman.j(ʊ)əl/
    • US IPA: /ˈmænjə(wə)l/
    • Hyphenation: man + u + al
    • Homophones: Manuel Anglicized pronunciaion

    Origin 1

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    From Old French manuel, from Late Latin manuāle ("")

    Full definition of manual

    Noun

    manual

    (plural manuals)
    1. A handbook.
    2. A booklet that instructs on the usage of a particular machine.
    3. (music) A keyboard for the hands on a harpsichord, organ, or other musical instrument.
    4. A manual transmission; a gearbox, especially of a motorized vehicle, shifted by the operator.
    5. (by synecdoche) A vehicle with a manual transmission.
    6. A bicycle technique whereby the front wheel is held aloft by the rider, without the use of pedal foce.

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    Origin 2

    From Anglo-Norman manuel, manual, from Latin manuālis, from manus ("hand").

    Adjective

    manual

    1. Performed with the hands (of an activity).
      • 1897, Henry James, What Maisie Knew:She gave a wild manual brush to her locks.
    2. Operated by means of the hands (of a machine, device etc.).

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