Manual exercise
Manual Man"u*al (m[a^]n"[-u]*al), a. [OE. manuel, F. manuel, L. manualis, fr. manus hand; prob. akin to AS. mund hand, protection, OHG. munt, G. m["u]ndel a ward, vormund guardian, Icel. mund hand. Cf. {Emancipate}, {Legerdemain}, {Maintain}, {Manage}, {Manner}, {Manure}, {Mound} a hill.] 1. Of or pertaining to the hand. [1913 Webster]

2. Performed by a person using physical as contrasted with {mental} effort; as, manual labor. [1913 Webster]

3. Done or made by the hand. In some contexts, contrasted with {automatic} or {mechanical}. ``Manual and ocular examination.'' --Tatham. [1913 Webster +PJC]

{Manual exercise} (Mil.) the exercise by which soldiers are taught the use of their muskets and other arms.

{Seal manual}, the impression of a seal worn on the hand as a ring.

{Sign manual}. See under {Sign}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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