• WordNet 3.6
    • adj manual requiring human effort "a manual transmission"
    • adj manual doing or requiring physical work "manual labor","manual laborer"
    • adj manual of or relating to the hands "manual dexterity"
    • n manual (military) a prescribed drill in handling a rifle
    • n manual a small handbook
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The IRS employees tax manual has instructions for collecting taxes after a nuclear war
    • Manual (Mus) A keyboard of an organ or harmonium for the fingers, as distinguished from the pedals; a clavier, or set of keys.
    • Manual (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.).
    • Manual 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."
    • Manual Done or made by the hand. In some contexts, contrasted with automatic or mechanical. "Manual and ocular examination."
    • Manual Of or pertaining to the hand.
    • Manual Performed by a person using physical as contrasted with mental effort; as, manual labor.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: By 1850, the manual coffee grinder found its way to most upper middle class kitchens of the U.S.
    • manual Of or pertaining to the hand; performed, made, or used by the hand; employing the hands: as, manual dexterity or skill; manual labor; a manual operation; the manual arts.
    • manual Having hands.
    • manual In zoology, of or pertaining to the manus or hand: distinguished from pedal: as, manual muscles, those which lie wholly in the hand.
    • n manual A small book, such as may be carried in the hand or conveniently handled; especially, a book of convenient size containing the elements of a science, a collection of rules, or the like, designed for use as a text-book or as a reference-book: as, a manual of laws.—2. Specifically, an office-book of the medieval Catholic Church in England, containing the form to be observed by priests in the administration of the sacraments of communion (out of mass), baptism, penance, marriage, and extreme unction, and in churchings, burials, etc. It corresponds to the Roman Catholic office-book called the ritual. The name manual (ML. manuale) was sometimes used in France also.
    • n manual In music: In a musical instrument, a key or lever for the hands or fingers; a digital. See key, 4 , and keyboard.
    • n manual In organs, a keyboard for the hands: opposed to pedal: as, an organ with two manuals. Abbreviated M.
    • n manual A fire-engine worked by hand, as distinguished from the more modern steam fire-engine. See fire-engine.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1943, Navy officer Grace Hopper had no choice but to fix a computer glitch manually. The source of the problem? A moth. Hence the term "computer bug."
    • adj Manual man′ū-al pertaining to the hand: done, made, or used by the hand
    • n Manual 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
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  • Richard Bach
    “Everything in this book may be wrong. [The Savior's Manual]”
  • Sheila M. Eby
    Sheila M. Eby
    “A computer won't clean up the errors in your manual of procedures.”
  • Buckminster Fuller
    “The earth is like a spaceship that didn't come with an operating manual.”
  • Marguerite Duras
    “I see journalists as the manual workers, the laborers of the word. Journalism can only be literature when it is passionate.”
  • W.P. Kinsella
    W.P. Kinsella
    “Syzygy, inexorable, pancreatic, phantasmagoria --- anyone who can use those four words in one sentence will never have to do manual labor.”
  • George Orwell
    “Language ought to be the joint creation of poets and manual workers.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. manuel, F. manuel, L. manualis, fr. manus, hand; prob. akin to AS. mund, hand, protection, OHG. munt, G. münd,el a ward, vormund, guardian, Icel. mund, hand. Cf. Emancipate Legerdemain Maintain Manage Manner Manure Mound a hill


In literature:

He felt that manual labour was almost below his dignity now.
"The Silver Lining" by John Roussel
Creeds are convenient and effective manuals.
"Introduction to the History of Religions" by Crawford Howell Toy
Manual and Industrial Training.
"History of Education" by Levi Seeley
The labour is almost entirely manual, and men, women, and children all take part in the work.
"The Empire of the East" by H. B. Montgomery
I made the round of all the factories seeking manual labor.
"A Son of the Middle Border" by Hamlin Garland
His manual is a valuable collection of whatever a new comer into this country should know.
"The International Monthly, Volume 3, No. 2, May, 1851" by Various
The Sense Switches are present for manual intervention.
"Preliminary Specifications: Programmed Data Processor Model Three (PDP-3)" by Digital Equipment Corporation
Again, gardening and manual work are a great pleasure to our children.
"Dr. Montessori's Own Handbook" by Maria Montessori
A practical manual for all those who want to make their own rod and fittings.
"Taxidermy" by Leon Luther Pray
Skill in female manual labor also increases the price.
"The Sexual Question" by August Forel

In poetry:

The manual touch when guided by
The magic power of sympathy
That animates the soul,
May lead to fields of cultured art
And cast an influence on the heart
May through all ages roll.
"The Five Senses" by Jared Barhite
Let antient legends, of romantic Greece,
Applaud the union of the golden fleece:
In later days, let popish records boast,
Great Godfry's band, and the Teutonic host.
More worthy leagues mechanic patriots frame,
For manual arts deserve a nobler name.
"Verses I" by Samuel Bowden

In news:

More than 100 Frozen Treats for Every Day of the Year by Hannah Kaminsky (Skyhorse, $17.95) Think of this new cookbook as a survivor's manual when Arizona temperatures climb above the century mark.
The Dart Aero gets 28 miles per gallon in the city, 41 mpg on the highway and 32 mpg combined with a six-speed manual transmission.
While practicing manual docking procedures, astronauts on the Russian Space Station Mir lost control of a Progress resupply ship early Wednesday.
Most owner's manuals list the lengths that'll fit, but here's how to be sure: On the side of your nailer 's magazine is a series of flutes that correspond to the different brad lengths it accepts.
NAR 's Member Policy Manuals Are Going Green.
In an effort to "go green," NAR 's Member Policy Department will no longer mail policy manuals each January to local and state associations and to regional MLSs.
Susan Reiser introduces MechoShade Systems' Cradle-to-Cradle-certified solar shading and their innovative technologies for manual and automated shade controls.
All we know about the car is that it had a manual transmission.
The Shady World of Online Manuals.
The Shady World of Repair Manuals: Copyrighting for Planned Obsolescence .
Cover art for the manual.
Davis has written a must-have manual for anyone involved in use of force investigations.
2002 Chevy Corvette Service Manual Shot.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will hold a special open door forum on the manual medical review of therapy claims September 5, 2 pm-3:30 pm, ET.
Go inside the creative mind and see the manual deconstruction that spearheads his design process.

In science:

Evertt, A Practical Manual of Monte Carlo Method for Random Walk Problems, Pergamon, New York (1959); J.
Monte Carlo: Basics
The mass and the total decay width of the Higgs boson can be manually controlled.
GR@PPA_4b: A Four Bottom Quark Production Event Generator for PP/PPbar Collisions
Refer to the PAW manual for the usage of Ntuple and PAW.
GR@PPA_4b: A Four Bottom Quark Production Event Generator for PP/PPbar Collisions
The giving references to manuals. P () (in the sense of the identification of any u ⊆  with its characterictic function). 1 The ultrafilter For any set u, u denotes the set of all maps f : u →  .
A definable nonstandard model of the reals
We also dealt manually with Saturn due to its large extend in the affected HCONs.
IRIS: A new generation of IRAS maps