• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Manuductor (Mus) A conductor; an officer in the ancient church who gave the signal for the choir to sing, and who beat time with the hand, and regulated the music.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n manuductor One who leads by the hand; a leader; a guide; specifically, in medieval music, one who indicated the rhythm to a choir by beating time with his hand or by striking pieces of wood or shell together; a conductor.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. manus, the hand + ductor, a leader, ducere, to lead: cf. F. manuducteur,


In literature:

He is strictly and literally a manuductor.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 63, No. 392, June, 1848" by Various