[man-yoo-uh l] /ˈmæn yu əl/
done, operated, worked, etc., by the hand or hands rather than by an electrical or electronic device:
a manual gearshift.
involving or using human effort, skill, power, energy, etc.; physical:
of or relating to the hand or hands:
of the nature of a manual or handbook:
a small book, especially one giving information or instructions:
a manual of mathematical tables.
a nonelectric or nonelectronic typewriter; a typewriter whose keys and carriage may be powered solely by the typist’s hands.
Military. the prescribed drill in handling a rifle:
the manual of arms.
Music. a keyboard, especially one of several belonging to a pipe organ.
of or relating to a hand or hands
operated or done by hand: manual controls
physical, as opposed to mental or mechanical: manual labour
by human labour rather than automatic or computer-aided means
of, relating to, or resembling a manual
a book, esp of instructions or information: a car manual
(music) one of the keyboards played by hand on an organ
(military) the prescribed drill with small arms
late 15c., from manual (adj.) + -ly (2).
c.1400, from Latin manualis “of or belonging to the hand; that can be thrown by hand,” from manus “hand, strength, power over; armed force; handwriting,” from PIE *man- (2) “hand” (cf. Old Norse mund “hand,” Old English mund “hand, protection, guardian,” German Vormund “guardian,” Greek mane “hand”).
early 15c., “service book used by a priest,” from Old French manuel “handbook” (also “plow-handle”), from Late Latin manuale “case or cover of a book, handbook,” noun use of neuter of Latin manualis (see manual (adj.)). Meaning “a concise handbook” of any sort is from 1530s.
- Manual testing
testing That part of software testing that requires human input, analysis, or evaluation. (1996-12-27)
noun 1. training in the various manual arts and crafts, as woodworking.
noun 1. an automotive transmission in which the driver shifts gears manually. noun a motor-vehicle transmission system of interlocking gear wheels connected to a hand-operated gearshift and a foot-operated clutch
- Manual ventilation
manual ventilation man·u·al ventilation (mān’yōō-əl) n. A method of assisted or controlled ventilation in which the hands are used to generate airway pressures.