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Meaning of MANUAL

Pronunciation:  'manyooul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  (military) a prescribed drill in handling a rifle
  2. [n]  a small handbook
  3. [adj]  requiring human effort; "a manual transmission"
  4. [adj]  of or relating to the hands; "manual dexterity"

MANUAL is a 6 letter word that starts with M.


 Synonyms: hand-operated, manual of arms, non-automatic
 Antonyms: automatic
 See Also: book of instructions, consuetudinal, consuetudinary, drill, enchiridion, exercise, grimoire, handbook, instruction manual, instructions, operating instructions, order arms, practice, practice session, recitation, reference manual, sex manual, vade mecum



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Man"u*al\ (m[a^]n"[-u]*al), a. [OE. manuel, F. manuel,
    L. manualis, fr. manus hand; prob. akin to AS. mund hand,
    protection, OHG. munt, G. m["u]ndel a ward, vormund guardian,
    Icel. mund hand. Cf. {Emancipate}, {Legerdemain}, {Maintain},
    {Manage}, {Manner}, {Manure}, {Mound} a hill.]
    Of or pertaining to the hand; done or made by the hand; as,
    manual labor; the king's sign manual. ``Manual and ocular
    examination.'' --Tatham.
    {Manual alphabet}. See {Dactylology}.
    {Manual exercise} (Mil.) the exercise by which soldiers are
       taught the use of their muskets and other arms.
    {Seal manual}, the impression of a seal worn on the hand as a
    {Sign manual}. See under {Sign}.
  2. \Man"u*al\, n. [Cf. F. manuel, LL. manuale. See {Manual},
    1. 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.
             This manual of laws, styled the Confessor's Laws.
                                                   --Sir M. Hale.
    2. (Mus.) A keyboard of an organ or harmonium for the
       fingers, as distinguished from the pedals; a clavier, or
       set of keys. --Moore (Encyc. of Music).
    3. (Mil.) 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.).
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