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manual

man·u·al

manual

 
 
pronunciation:
maen yu l
parts of speech:
adjective, noun
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: of, pertaining to, or involving use of the hands.
She likes doing things that require manual skill such as fine embroidery.
synonyms:
hand
definition 2: operated by hand.
The lights are still operated by a manual switch.
synonyms:
hand
antonyms:
mechanical
definition 3: using human rather than mechanical effort.
Wine-making still requires a good deal of manual labor.
synonyms:
hand
antonyms:
automatic, mechanical
similar words:
labor-intensive, laborious, muscular, physical
definition 4: of, pertaining to, or like a handbook.
synonyms:
guided
similar words:
how-to, tutorial
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part of speech: noun
definition: a booklet, esp. one providing instructions; handbook.
The car's manual should tell you how to maintain it.
synonyms:
guide, handbook
similar words:
bible, booklet, directions, guidebook, instructions, vade mecum
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derivation: manually (adv.)
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