Definition of manual noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈmænjuəl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmænjuəl//
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  • a book that tells you how to do or operate something, especially one that comes with a machine, etc. when you buy it a computer/car/instruction manual Why don’t you read the manual? compare handbook
  • Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French manuel, from (and later assimilated to) Latin manualis, from manus ‘hand’.Extra examples According to the manual, the wires should be the other way round. Check your manual for details. The computer comes with a comprehensive owner’s manual. The manual said not to use the fryer on wooden decks. What does it say in the manual? a manual on teaching drama an instruction manual for a knitting machine Why do you never read the instruction manual?Idioms not being operated automatically Leave the controls on manual.
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