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.

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.

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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. Anna Lembke:

    Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, we can verifiably show that human connections stimulate dopamine release, which is how they are reinforcing, and anything that stimulates dopamine in the brain's reward pathway has the potential to be addictive.

  2. Fox News:

    Instead of acknowledging that the German-built parts were used in Iranian rockets to gas children in Syria, BAFA stuck to its standard manual, alleging that the exported product was ‘ neither in military good nor a dual-use good ’ -- just as if there were no new developments which entirely contradict that claim.

  3. Abe George:

    There was an attorney for Club Med, strangely enough, that the court declared an interested party who got to cross-examine witnesses. And there was an attorney for the police department there who also cross-examined witnesses. And the attorney for the police department and the attorney for the club led essentially the same team, cross-examining the medical examiner, trying to cast doubt about his determination of manual strangulation, it was incredible. It was one of the craziest things I've seen.

  4. Terry Pratchett, Jingo:

    One of the universal rules of happiness is: always be wary of any helpful item that weighs less than its operating manual.

  5. Kanye West:

    Oh yeah, I've thought about killing Kanye West all the time. It's always a option and [ expletive ], like Louis C.K. said : I flip through the manual. I weigh all the options.

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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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