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Meaning of “manual” in the English Dictionary

"manual" in British English

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manualadjective

uk   us   /ˈmæn.ju.əl/
B2 done with the ​hands: the manual ​sorting of ​letters She ​tried to ​cure the ​pain in my ​knee by putting manual ​pressure on the ​joint. A manual ​machine is ​operated with the ​handsrather than by ​electricity or a ​motor: He still ​works on an ​old manual ​typewriter.B2 involvingphysicalworkrather than ​mentalwork: unskilled manual labour 750 manual workers will ​losetheirjobs as a ​result of ​companycutbacks. Computer-controlled ​robots are taking over manual jobs in many ​industries.

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manualnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈmæn.ju.əl/
  • manual noun [C] (INSTRUCTIONS)

B2 a ​book that gives you ​practicalinstructions on how to do something or how to use something, such as a ​machine: a ​DIY manual The ​computer comes with a 600-page instruction manual.
  • manual noun [C] (MUSIC)

specialized music a ​keyboard, ​especially on an organ, ​designed to be ​played with the ​handsrather than the ​feet
(Definition of manual from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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manualadjective [not gradable]

 us   /ˈmæn·ju·əl/
done or ​operated with the ​hands: The ​mail can be ​sortedfaster 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  us   /ˈmæn·ju·ə·li/
a manually ​operatedpump

manualnoun [C]

 us   /ˈmæn·ju·əl/
  • manual noun [C] (BOOK)

a ​book that gives you ​practicalinstructions on how to do something or how to use something: Get the ​computer manufacturer’s ​operating manual.
(Definition of manual from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"manual" in Business English

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manualadjective

uk   us   /ˈmænjuəl/
done or ​operated with the ​hands, and not using electricity, an ​electronicsystem, etc.: The ​printer has a single-sheet manual ​feed in ​front.manual process/system The ​computerizedsystem that we ​introduced to ​replace our old manual ​system has ​brought significant ​advantages.
HR, WORKPLACE relating to ​physicalwork rather than mental ​work: manual job/labour/work, etc. He had no ​qualifications and ​ended up doing various ​types of manual ​work. It is men who have been ​hardesthit by the ​loss of ​permanentskilled and ​semi-skilled manual ​jobs. The largely ​femaleworkforce continues, in the ​main, to be ​treated as ​part-time, unskilled manual ​labour.

manualnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈmænjuəl/
a ​book that gives you practical ​instructions on how to do something or how to use something such as a ​machine: Read through the instruction manual before you ​start. We ​provide a training manual for all new ​staff.
on manual not being ​operatedautomatically: The heating ​system had been ​left on manual.
(Definition of manual from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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