What does Manual mean?

Definitions for Manual
ˈmæn yu əlMan·u·al

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Manual.

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"


  1. Manual(a.)

    Done or made by the hand. In some contexts, contrasted with automatic or mechanical.

  2. Origin: [OE. manuel, F. manuel, L. manualis, fr. manus hand; prob. akin to AS. mund hand, protection, OHG. munt, G. mndel a ward, vormund guardian, Icel. mund hand. Cf. Emancipate, Legerdemain, Maintain, Manage, Manner, Manure, Mound a hill.]


  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.)

  5. Origin: [OE. manuel, F. manuel, L. manualis, fr. manus hand; prob. akin to AS. mund hand, protection, OHG. munt, G. mndel a ward, vormund guardian, Icel. mund hand. Cf. Emancipate, Legerdemain, Maintain, Manage, Manner, Manure, Mound a hill.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Manual

    man′ū-al, adj. pertaining to the hand: done, made, or used by the hand.—n. drill in the use of weapons, &c.: a handbook: a handy compendium of a large subject or treatise: the key-board of an organ, &c.: an old office-book like the modern R.C. ritual.—adv. Man′ually.—Manual alphabet, the letters made by the deaf and dumb with the hand in conversation; Manual exercise, the exercise by which soldiers are made to handle their arms. [L. manualismanus, the hand.]

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Manual in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Manual in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of Manual in a Sentence

  1. Ralph Gillies:

    We would have kept the manual, of course.

  2. Samuel Cammack III:

    It wasn't a strip search, it was a manual cavity search.

  3. George Orwell:

    Language ought to be the joint creation of poets and manual workers.

  4. Buckminster Fuller:

    The earth is like a spaceship that didn't come with an operating manual.

  5. Steve Inskeep:

    I saw this as a 500-year flood, and so where's the manual ? What do I do ?

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  • يدوي, كتيب, كتيب التشغيلArabic
  • ручны́, даве́днікBelarusian
  • ръченBulgarian
  • manuál, manuální, příručka, ručníCzech
  • cyfarwyddiadurWelsh
  • manualDanish
  • Schaltgetriebe, Handbuch, Manual, manuellGerman
  • εγχειρίδιο, πληκτρολόγιο, χειροκίνητοςGreek
  • manualSpanish
  • käsiraamatEstonian
  • manuaalinen, manuaali, koskettimisto, käsivarainen, sormio, käsikäyttöinen, käsikirja, ohjekirjaFinnish
  • manuelle, manuelFrench
  • méarchlárIrish
  • manualGalician
  • kézi, kézikönyv, kalauz, billentyűzetHungarian
  • manuale, guida, libretto delle istruzioniItalian
  • 手引き, 説明書, マニュアル, 手動Japanese
  • 안내서Korean
  • мануал, рачен менувач, клавијатура, прирачник, рачен, упатствоMacedonian
  • handmatig, handleiding, handboek, manueel, met de handDutch
  • podręcznik, ręcznyPolish
  • manualPortuguese
  • manual, cutie de vitezeRomanian
  • руководство, ручной, клавиатура, инструкцияRussian
  • príručnīk, rȕčnīSerbo-Croatian
  • ručný, manuálnySlovak
  • elementarbok, växelspak, manual, manuell, handbok, klaviatur, bruksanvisningSwedish
  • інструкціяUkrainian

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