Sign manual
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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  • Sign manual — Sign Sign, n. [F. signe, L. signum; cf. AS. segen, segn, a sign, standard, banner, also fr. L. signum. Cf. {Ensign}, {Resign}, {Seal} a stamp, {Signal}, {Signet}.] That by which anything is made known or represented; that which furnishes… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sign manual — n. a personal signature, esp. that of a monarch on an official document …   English World dictionary

  • sign manual — noun the signature of a sovereign on an official document • Hypernyms: ↑signature * * * noun (plural signs manual) 1. a. : signature; specifically …   Useful english dictionary

  • sign manual — sign′ man′ual n. pl. signs manual a personal signature, esp. that of a sovereign or official on a public document • Etymology: 1400–50 …   From formal English to slang

  • sign-manual — sign manˈual noun A signature, esp a king s • • • Main Entry: ↑sign …   Useful english dictionary

  • sign manual — pl. signs manual. a personal signature, esp. that of a sovereign or official on a public document. [1400 50; late ME] * * * …   Universalium

  • sign-manual — n. Signature …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • sign manual — A signature. The signature of a monarch on an official document. See 2 Bl Comm 346 …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • Royal sign-manual — The royal sign manual is the formal name given in the United Kingdom to the autograph signature of the Sovereign.It is by affixing the royal sign manual that the monarch expresses their pleasure either by order, commission or warrant.A sign… …   Wikipedia

  • Sign — Sign, n. [F. signe, L. signum; cf. AS. segen, segn, a sign, standard, banner, also fr. L. signum. Cf. {Ensign}, {Resign}, {Seal} a stamp, {Signal}, {Signet}.] That by which anything is made known or represented; that which furnishes evidence; a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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