Meaning of MANUAL in English


I. ˈman-yə-wəl, -yəl, -yü-əl adjective

Etymology: Middle English manuel, from Anglo-French, from Latin manualis, from manus hand; akin to Old English mund hand and perhaps to Greek marē hand

Date: 15th century


a. : of, relating to, or involving the hands

manual dexterity

b. : worked or done by hand and not by machine

a manual transmission

manual computation

manual indexing

2. : requiring or using physical skill and energy

manual labor

manual workers

• man·u·al·ly adverb

II. noun

Date: 15th century

1. : a book that is conveniently handled ; especially : handbook

an instruction manual

2. : the prescribed movements in the handling of a weapon or other military item during a drill or ceremony

the manual of arms


a. : a keyboard for the hands ; specifically : one of the several keyboards of an organ or harpsichord that controls a separate division of the instrument

b. : a device or apparatus intended for manual operation

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.