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adjective [not gradable] (DONE BY HAND)   /ˈmæn·ju·əl/
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    /ˈmæn·ju·ə·li/ adverb a manually operated pump
(Definition of manual adjective (DONE BY HAND) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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