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manual

adjective [not gradable]  /ˈmæn·ju·əl/ us  

manual adjective [not gradable] (DONE BY HAND)

done or operated with the hands: The mail can be sorted faster by machine then by manual sorting. He has callouses on his hands from years of manual labor. If a machine is manual, it does not use electricity to operate: We all used manual typewriters in those days.
manually
adverb  /ˈmæn·ju·ə·li/ us  
a manually operated pump

manual

noun [C]  /ˈmæn·ju·əl/ us  

manual noun [C] (BOOK)

a book that gives you practical instructions on how to do something or how to use something: Get the computer manufacturer’s operating manual.
Translations of “manual”
in Korean 손으로 하는…
in Arabic يَدَوي…
in French manuel…
in Turkish elle yapılan…
in Italian manuale…
in Chinese (Traditional) 用手做的, 手工的, (機器)用手操作的,手動的…
in Russian ручной, физический…
in Polish fizyczny, ręczny…
in Spanish manual…
in Portuguese manual…
in German manuell…
in Catalan manual…
in Japanese 手作業の…
in Chinese (Simplified) 用手做的, 手工的, (机器)用手操作的,手动的…
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