What does manual mean?

Definitions for manual
ˈmæn yu əlman·u·al

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. manualnoun

    a small handbook

  2. manual of arms, manualadjective

    (military) a prescribed drill in handling a rifle

  3. manualadjective

    of or relating to the hands

    "manual dexterity"

  4. manualadjective

    requiring human effort

    "a manual transmission"

  5. manual(a)adjective

    doing or requiring physical work

    "manual labor"; "manual laborer"


  1. Manualadjective

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


  1. Manualnoun

    a rare spelling variant of Manuel, sometimes considered erratic.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Manualadjective

    Etymology: manualis, Latin; manuel, French.

    The speculative part of painting, without the assistance of manual operation, can never attain to that perfection which is its object. John Dryden, Dufresnoy.

    The treasurer obliged himself to expiate the injury, to procure some declaration under his majesty’s sign manual. Edward Hyde.

  2. Manualnoun

    A small book, such as may be carried in the hand.

    This manual of laws, stiled the confessor’s laws, contains but few heads. Matthew Hale, Common Law of England.

    In those prayers which are recommended to the use of the devout persons of your church, in the manuals and offices allowed them in our own language, they would be careful to have nothing they thought scandalous. Edward Stillingfleet.


  1. manual

    Manual generally refers to anything done or operated by hand or physical effort rather than being automatic, computerized or powered by a machine. It can also refer to a book of instructions or guide on how to operate a particular tool, device, system, or perform a specific task, often produced by the manufacturer of the tool or device or an expert in the field.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Manualadjective

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

  2. Manualadjective

    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. Manualadjective

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

  4. Manualadjective

    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. Etymology: [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.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. manual

    Book of reference; as, ordnance manual, etc.

  2. manual

    A prescribed exercise by means of which soldiers are taught to handle and use their weapons. The manual of arms is the exercise with the musket; the manual of the piece, the exercise with the field-gun. There are also manuals for the sabre, pistol, etc.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Manual is ranked #59017 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Manual surname appeared 343 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Manual.

    37% or 127 total occurrences were White.
    34.9% or 120 total occurrences were Black.
    15.1% or 52 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    8.7% or 30 total occurrences were Asian.
    2.6% or 9 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    1.4% or 5 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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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. Chris Christie:

    I think that if you give it 25 years, which is what we're giving it, you're going to see advances in medical science ... and pharmaceutical treatments that are going to allow us to even have manual laborers who will be able to work longer, much longer than they're able to work now, even to 65?

  2. Plato, _Phaedrus_:

    ...Then anyone who leaves behind him a written manual, and likewise anyone who receives it, in the belief that such writing will be clear and certain, must be exceedingly simple-minded...

  3. Jim Free:

    Our management team apologize to [ the operator in charge of overseeing the process ] because we had made some manual procedure changes between the attempt on Monday and attempt on Saturday, we practiced it during the week but they'd only had a couple of chances. So we didn't as a leadership team, put our our operators in the best place we could have we rely really heavily on our credit team.

  4. George Orwell:

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

  5. Kenneth Watson:

    As a coalition, we have to have visibility on assets and we have no visibility with a manual-based system.

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Translations for manual

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  • يدوي, كتيب التشغيل, كتيبArabic
  • даве́днік, ручны́Belarusian
  • ръченBulgarian
  • manuál, příručka, ruční, manuálníCzech
  • cyfarwyddiadurWelsh
  • manualDanish
  • Manual, Handbuch, manuell, SchaltgetriebeGerman
  • πληκτρολόγιο, χειροκίνητος, εγχειρίδιοGreek
  • manualSpanish
  • käsiraamatEstonian
  • koskettimisto, manuaali, sormio, käsivarainen, manuaalinen, käsikäyttöinen, käsikirja, ohjekirjaFinnish
  • manuel, manuelleFrench
  • méarchlárIrish
  • manualGalician
  • kézi, billentyűzet, kalauz, kézikönyvHungarian
  • manuale, libretto delle istruzioni, guidaItalian
  • 手動, 手引き, 説明書, マニュアルJapanese
  • 안내서Korean
  • клавијатура, упатство, рачен, рачен менувач, прирачник, мануалMacedonian
  • met de hand, handboek, handleiding, handmatig, manueelDutch
  • ręczny, podręcznikPolish
  • manualPortuguese
  • manual, cutie de vitezeRomanian
  • клавиатура, ручной, руководство, инструкцияRussian
  • príručnīk, rȕčnīSerbo-Croatian
  • manuálny, ručnýSlovak
  • manuell, bruksanvisning, elementarbok, växelspak, klaviatur, manual, handbokSwedish
  • інструкціяUkrainian

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