Definitions of manual

  1. ( military) a prescribed drill in handling a rifle
  2. a small handbook
  3. requiring human effort; " a manual transmission"
  4. doing or requiring physical work; " manual labor"; " manual laborer"
  5. Performed by the hand.
  6. Of or pertaining to the hand; done or made by the hand; as, manual labor; the king's sign manual.
  7. 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.
  8. A keyboard of an organ or harmonium for the fingers, as distinguished from the pedals; a clavier, or set of keys.
  9. 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.).
  10. Pertaining to, or done by, the hands.
  11. A small book; a handbook; in military usage, an exercise in the handling of a weapon, done in a prescribed way; the keyboard of an organ or harmonium.
  12. Manually.
  13. Relating to or performed with the hand.
  14. Pertaining to the hand: done, made, or used by the hand.
  15. A handbook: a handy compendium of a large subject or treatise: the service- book of the Roman Catholic Church.
  16. A hand- book.
  17. Done, made, or used by the hand.
  18. A compact volume; handbook.
  19. A keyboard, as of an organ.
  20. Training in the handling of a weapon.
  21. A handbook or handy compendium; the Rom. Cath. Service- book; the key- board of an organ.
  22. Performed, made, or used by the hand.
  23. A compendium, or a handbook; a small book that may be conveniently handled; service- book of the R. Cath. Ch.; the key- board of an organ or harmonium.
  24. A wing- quill borne on the manus or hand of Birds; a primary feather.

Usage examples for manual

  1. Sergeant Fronklyn was sent for, and he was directed to drill these men in the most important cuts and thrusts of the manual until the men were needed for service. – A Lieutenant at Eighteen by Oliver Optic
  2. Students in most of the states can find the enabling act for their state in the legislative manual thereof. – Studies in Civics by James T. McCleary
  3. A Manual for Teachers . – The Hindu-Arabic Numerals by David Eugene Smith Louis Charles Karpinski
  4. There is no mother or nurse who would not be assisted by this little manual essentially. – Guide to the Kindergarten and Intermediate Class and Moral Culture of Infancy. by Elizabeth P. Peabody Mary Mann
  5. In those times art was closely connected with industry, which was entirely manual and individual. – The Oriental Religions in Roman Paganism by Franz Cumont
  6. 4. Who has ever been employed in or about boats, or in manual labour, for money or wages. – Rowing by Rudolf Chambers Lehmann
  7. Moreover, more than half of these 41 are engaged in mental work rather than in manual work. – Wage Earning and Education by R. R. Lutz
  8. The last class were the manual workers. – Our Legal Heritage, 4th Ed. by S. A. Reilly
  9. The copter had automatic controls, but Raynor Three kept it on manual, and Bart wondered if the Mentorian just didn't want to talk. – The Colors of Space by Marion Zimmer Bradley
  10. Those accustomed to manual work experience but little inconvenience. – My Tropic Isle by E J Banfield
  11. After I had found out a little about selling the Cincinnati pencil sharpener, with the aid of the selling manual which the company had given me, I had passed it on to Larsen, and he had studied it for a week or two, and then, one Thursday afternoon, he had gone calling on the business men of the town, other than the store- keepers. – Dawson Black: Retail Merchant by Harold Whitehead
  12. If one rail could now be lifted we would be in a few minutes at the Oostenaula bridge; and that burned, the rest of the task would be little more than simple manual labor, with the enemy absolutely powerless. – Famous Adventures And Prison Escapes of the Civil War by Various
  13. If she have kindred, they will know her better by the sign manual on her tender flesh than by her face. – Unknown to History A Story of the Captivity of Mary of Scotland by Charlotte M. Yonge
  14. We know of no manual that can take its place as a guide to the selecter of a library. – The Education of American Girls by Anna Callender Brackett
  15. The third day I drilled with the awkward squad again; but in the afternoon my gun was put into my hands, and for an extra half- hour I was exercised in the manual of arms. – Who Goes There? by Blackwood Ketcham Benson
  16. Manual training has a moral effect upon the pupil, of which I have spoken at some length on another occasion. – The Moral Instruction of Children by Felix Adler
  17. From Valentine's Manual of the Common Council of New York for 1844 we will copy the following brief sketch of the British Prisons in New York during the Revolution. – American Prisoners of the Revolution by Danske Dandridge
  18. According to Abbot Butler, St. Benedict's day was divided into three and a half hours for public worship, four and a half for reading and meditation, six and a half for manual work, eight and a half for sleep, and one hour for meals. – The Life of the Spirit and the Life of To-day by Evelyn Underhill
  19. Yes; they do not sing office, and have only manual tasks. – En Route by J.-K. (Joris-Karl) Huysmans