• WordNet 3.6
    • n manipulation the action of touching with the hands (or the skillful use of the hands) or by the use of mechanical means
    • n manipulation exerting shrewd or devious influence especially for one's own advantage "his manipulation of his friends was scandalous"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Manipulation Artful management; as, the manipulation of political bodies; sometimes, a management or treatment for purposes of deception or fraud.
    • Manipulation The act or process of manipulating, or the state of being manipulated; the act of handling work by hand; use of the hands, in an artistic or skillful manner, in science or art. "Manipulation is to the chemist like the external senses to the mind."
    • Manipulation The use of the hands in mesmeric operations.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n manipulation The act or art of manipulating; manual management; manual and mechanical operation of any kind in science or art, specifically, in pharmacy, the preparation of drugs; in chem., the preparation and employment of utensils, apparatus, and reagents in chemical work.
    • n manipulation Figuratively, the act of operating upon anything by contrivance or influence; management; specifically, insidious management; adjustment or accommodation to one's own purpose or advantage: as, manipulation of voters, figures, or facts.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Manipulation act of manipulating or working by hand: use of the hands in a skilful manner in science or in art
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  • Leo Buscaglia
    “We are no longer puppets being manipulated by outside powerful forces: we become the powerful force ourselves.”
  • Raoul Vaneigem
    “We can escape the commonplace only by manipulating it, controlling it, thrusting it into our dreams or surrendering it to the free play of our subjectivity.”
  • H. Stanley Judd
    H. Stanley Judd
    “You will live your life secure in that you are no longer manipulated by what other people want you to do and be, but are directed by your own inner desires.”
  • William A. Ward
    “Blessed is he who has learned to admire but not envy, to follow but not imitate, to praise but not flatter, and to lead but not manipulate.”
  • Erich Fromm
    “We live in a world of things, and our only connection with them is that we know how to manipulate or to consume them.”
  • Henry Ford
    “Speculation is only a word covering the making of money out of the manipulation of prices, instead of supplying goods and services.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. manipulation,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Low L. manipulāre, -ātum. See Maniple.


In literature:

About thirty men are needed to manipulate the gun in action.
"America's War for Humanity" by Thomas Herbert Russell
The doctor did not object to the Turkish bath nor the manipulation by the prize-fighter.
"The Wolf's Long Howl" by Stanley Waterloo
The girl carried a big package in her arms, and now she manipulated this to put out a slender hand to Peter.
"Birthright" by T.S. Stribling
The employment of Roman cement, plaster, &c., for masonry work, hardly comes within the limits of Domestic Manipulation.
"Enquire Within Upon Everything" by Anonymous
Lady Kirkbank's town complexion was superintended by Seraphine, sometimes even manipulated by those harpy-like claws.
"Phantom Fortune, A Novel" by M. E. Braddon
Skillfully as the boy manipulated the aircraft he could not check its descent once begun.
"The Girl Aviators' Motor Butterfly" by Margaret Burnham
It manipulates it to serve its ends.
"Pragmatism" by D.L. Murray
But now comes one that does not yield itself to the manipulations of the packer.
"The Discovery of Yellowstone Park" by Nathaniel Pitt Langford
His nose had bled copiously, and one eye was "closed," as if he had been under the manipulation of some pugilist.
"The Lost Trail" by Edward S. Ellis
After each manipulation of the expanding apparatus the horse should trot sound and the frog remain cool.
"Diseases of the Horse's Foot" by Harry Caulton Reeks
By the manipulation of these vessels on a stone floor a very complete imitation of a raid can be produced.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 153, Nov. 14, 1917" by Various
He has resumed his manipulations without realizing that he is not alone.
"Facing the Flag" by Jules Verne
They were stock-market gamblers, manipulators pure and simple.
"North of Fifty-Three" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
While the car was being manipulated to the proper position, Will tied some knots in the rope.
"The Outdoor Girls in a Motor Car" by Laura Lee Hope
They must be carefully manipulated by the intelligent laborer.
"Usury" by Calvin Elliott
But perhaps certain faculties of manipulation take their place.
"The Seed of the Toc-Toc Birds" by Francis Flagg
It is only the body that I manipulate, not the dormant, disconnected mind.
"The Short Life" by Francis Donovan
Did Clarke reach from where he sat and manipulate the horn?
"The Tyranny of the Dark" by Hamlin Garland
Quicksilver itself would have lost its volatility under Mr Paton's manipulation.
"St. Winifred's" by Frederic W. Farrar
The skilled manipulation with which the whole is wrought is the work of a remarkable genius.
"Makers and Romance of Alabama History" by B. F. Riley

In poetry:

There is no great, there is no small;
Fate makes a tapestry of all,
each stitch is needed . . .
The gods be praised! that barman chap
Manipulates his frothing tap -
My plea is heeded.
"Dram-Shop Ditty" by Robert W Service
O fashion-bred damsel, with folly a-flutter,
Until you have learned how to manage a broom,
If never you know how to tidy a room,
Manipulate bread or decide about butter,
The duties of matron how dare you assume,
Or ever be bride to a sensible groom?
"Poor Housekeeping" by Hattie Howard

In news:

Objective To test the effects of wing warping by manipulating the leading and trailing edges on the wings of a paper airplane.
Winning the battles of muscle, mental prowess and manipulation required of contestants on the TV show "Survivor" is probably the single greatest accomplishment a human being can achieve.
China isn't the only currency 'manipulator'.
Modalities that are not biologically based (such as mind-body, manipulative, and energy-based therapies) have been more readily integrated into cancer care.
A scientific paper titled, "Spinal Manipulation for Low Back Pain," was presented in the October 1, 1992 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine .
Manipulating langages and scoring points with humor are essential to Jello Biafra's aesthetic, just as they were during the Dead Kennedys days.
LOS ANGELES — Thinkbox Software ( has released new versions of its cross-platform renderfarm management and high-volume particle rendering, manipulation and management solutions.
Japanese pearl specialist explains natural and human manipulation of mollusks to produce one of the world's most revered jewels.
The former chief executive of the comedy entertainment company has been sentenced in Philadelphia to nearly four years in prison in a stock price manipulation scheme.
Setting off speculation that China is manipulating exports to punish certain trade partners, Beijing announced in July it was slashing its six-month export quota of so-called 'rare earths' by 72 percent.
The days that precede it, however, are filled with lies and obfuscation, misdirection and outright manipulation.
Playwright's manipulations far too apparent in this two-character production.
Only one president has actually tried to manipulate the BLS.
Is he trying to "manipulate the court" into giving him a trial delay, as Judge Barbara Walther said.
President Barack Obama speaks in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 17, 2012, about a plan to increase oversight and crack down on manipulation in oil markets.

In science:

The spin-orbit (SO) coupling in QDs plays a crucial role both for the spin manipulation and lifetime of the prepared spin states.
Spin relaxation in quantum dots with random spin-orbit coupling
In this case the electric field is a much more efficient tool for manipulating the spins than the magnetic field.
Spin relaxation in quantum dots with random spin-orbit coupling
The SO coupling not only provides an ability to manipulate spins with an electric field, and thus, hopefully, to design a spin transistor25, but also leads to spin relaxation.
Spin relaxation in quantum dots with random spin-orbit coupling
From the experimental point of view, we shall concentrate on In0.5Ga0.5As−like systems, where the ability to manipulate the SO coupling by a moderate bias applied across the structure has been clearly proven17,21 .
Spin relaxation in quantum dots with random spin-orbit coupling
Up to now, we only reformulated the usual extreme value statistics as a problem of sum, by some trivial manipulations.
Generalised extreme value statistics and sum of correlated variables
We define algebraic distributions and the various manners in which they can be implicitly represented in 3. and describe how they may be algebraically manipulated in 4..
The polynomial method for random matrices
We now describe the various ways in which transforms of the empirical distribution function can be encoded and manipulated.
The polynomial method for random matrices
Thus far we have established our ability to encode algebraic distribution as solutions of bivariate polynomial equations and to manipulate the solutions.
The polynomial method for random matrices
Hence, we manipulate the bivariate polynomials (using the transformations depicted in Figure 3) to the form needed to apply the appropriate operational law, which we derive as part of the proof, and then reverse the transformations to obtain the bivariate polynomial LB mz .
The polynomial method for random matrices
Zimmermann, Gfun: a Maple package for the manipulation of generating and holonomic functions in one variable, ACM Trans. on Math.
The polynomial method for random matrices
These, however, are rules about manipulating probabilities; they often do not constrain exactly what value we should assign as a probability.
Relationalism vs. Bayesianism
Tn (f g ) = Tn (f )Tn(g ) This can be seen by multiplying matrices and Taylor series or by manipulating pro jections on ℓ2 (see, e.g., Corollary 6.2.3 of ).
Eigenvalue estimates for non-normal matrices and the zeros of random orthogonal polynomials on the unit circle
When we manipulate elements of inductive types, we implicitely expect to look at these values in constructor form: constructors applied to other terms in constructor form.
CoInduction in Coq
In practice, this notation allows to manipulate large systems without being sub ject to the exponential blowup of the state space (for instance systems with more than 1030 states, see ).
Uniform Random Sampling of Traces in Very Large Models
Both of these factors may be manipulated by design.
Human Information Processing with the Personal Memex