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"manual" in British English

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manualadjective

uk   /ˈmæn.ju.əl/ 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 hands rather than by electricity or a motor: He still works on an old manual typewriter.
B2 involving physical work rather than mental work: unskilled manual labour 750 manual workers will lose their jobs as a result of company cutbacks. Computer-controlled robots are taking over manual jobs in many industries.

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manualnoun [C]

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

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

"manual" in American English

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manualadjective [not gradable]

us   /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
adverb us   /ˈmæn·ju·ə·li/
a manually operated pump

manualnoun [C]

us   /ˈmæn·ju·əl/
  • 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.
(Definition of manual from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"manual" in Business English

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manualadjective

uk   /ˈmænjuəl/ us  
done or operated with the hands, and not using electricity, an electronic system, etc.: The printer has a single-sheet manual feed in front.manual process/system The computerized system that we introduced to replace our old manual system has brought significant advantages.
HR, WORKPLACE relating to physical work 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 hardest hit by the loss of permanent skilled and semi-skilled manual jobs. The largely female workforce continues, in the main, to be treated as part-time, unskilled manual labour.

manualnoun [C]

uk   /ˈmænjuəl/ us  
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 operated automatically: The heating system had been left on manual.
(Definition of manual from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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“manual” in Business English

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