Definitions for Manualˈmæn yu əl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

man•u•alˈmæn yu əl(adj.)

  1. operated by hand rather than mechanically or automatically:

    a manual gearshift.

  2. involving or requiring human effort; physical:

    manual labor.

  3. of or pertaining to the hands.

  4. (n.)a book easily held in the hand, esp. one giving information or instructions.

  5. a typewriter whose keys and carriage are powered solely by the typist's hands.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Computers

  6. the prescribed drill in handling a rifle:

    military manual of arms.

    Category: Military

  7. a musical keyboard, esp. one of several belonging to a pipe organ.

    Category: Music and Dance

Origin of manual:

1400–50; (< MF) < L manuālis that can be held in the hand, der. of manus hand


Princeton's WordNet

  1. manual(noun)

    a small handbook

  2. manual of arms, manual(adj)

    (military) a prescribed drill in handling a rifle

  3. manual(adj)

    of or relating to the hands

    "manual dexterity"

  4. manual(adj)

    requiring human effort

    "a manual transmission"

  5. manual(a)(adj)

    doing or requiring physical work

    "manual labor"; "manual laborer"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. manual(noun)ˈmæn yu əl

    a book with instructions on how to use sth

    the car manual

  2. manual(adjective)ˈmæn yu əl

    done with the hands

    manual labor

  3. manualˈmæn yu əl

    done by a person or people, not automatically using a machine

    a manual count of the votes; install the software manually


  1. Manual(ProperNoun)

    : a rare spelling variant of Manuel, sometimes considered erratic.

  2. Origin: From manuel, manuel, from manualis, from manus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Manual(adj)

    of or pertaining to the hand; done or made by the hand; as, manual labor; the king's sign manual

  2. Manual(adj)

    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

  3. Manual(adj)

    a keyboard of an organ or harmonium for the fingers, as distinguished from the pedals; a clavier, or set of keys

  4. Manual(adj)

    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.)


  1. Manual

    A manual is a musical keyboard designed to be played with the hands, on an instrument such as a pipe organ, harpsichord, clavichord, electronic organ, or synthesizer. The term "manual" is used with regard to any hand keyboard on these instruments to distinguish it from the pedalboard, which is a keyboard that the organist plays with his or her feet. It is proper to use "manual" rather than "keyboard," then, when referring to the hand keyboards on any instrument that has a pedalboard.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Manual' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4118

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Manual' in Nouns Frequency: #2333

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Manual' in Adjectives Frequency: #884

Anagrams of Manual

  1. alumna

Translations for Manual

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


of the hand or hands

manual skills/labour.

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