maneuver
I. noun Etymology: French manœuvre, from Old French maneuvre work done by hand, from Medieval Latin manuopera, from manu operare to perform manual labor — more at manure Date: 1758 1. a. a military or naval movement b. an armed forces training exercise; especially an extended and large-scale training exercise involving military and naval units separately or in combination — often used in plural 2. a procedure or method of working usually involving expert physical movement 3. a. evasive movement or shift of tactics b. an intended and controlled variation from a straight and level flight path in the operation of an airplane 4. a. an action taken to gain a tactical end b. an adroit and clever management of affairs often using trickery and deception Synonyms: see trick II. verb (maneuvered; maneuvering) Date: 1777 intransitive verb 1. a. to perform a movement in military or naval tactics in order to secure an advantage b. to make a series of changes in direction and position for a specific purpose 2. to use stratagems ; scheme transitive verb 1. to cause to execute tactical movements 2. to manage into or out of a position or condition ; manipulate 3. a. to guide with adroitness and design b. to bring about or secure as a result of skillful management • maneuverability nounmaneuverable adjectivemaneuverer noun

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  • Maneuver — Maneuver, manoeuvre (also spelled manœuvre or manoeuver from the French) may be a synonym for strategy or tactic. It is the manipulation of a situation in order to gain some advantage. Military or naval movement Military exercise Maneuver warfare …   Wikipedia

  • maneuver — [n1] move, tactic action, angle, artifice, contrivance, curveball, demarche, device, dodge, fancy footwork*, feint, finesse, gambit, game, gimmick, intrigue, jig*, machination, manipulation, measure, movement, plan, play, plot, ploy, procedure,… …   New thesaurus

  • maneuver — the US spelling of manoeuvre * * * maneuver UK US /məˈnuːvər/ noun, verb [I or T] US for ► MANOEUVRE(Cf. ↑manoeuvre) noun …   Financial and business terms

  • Maneuver — Ma*neu ver, Manoeuvre Ma*n[oe]u vre, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Maneuvered}or {Man[oe]uvred}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Maneuvering}, or {Man[oe]uvring}.] [Cf. F. man[oe]uvrer. See {Maneuver}, n.] 1. To perform a movement or movements in military or naval… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • maneuver — [mə no͞o′vər, mənyo͞o′vər] n. [Fr manœuvre, orig., hand labor < VL manuopera < L manu operare, to work by hand < manus, a hand (see MANUAL) + opera, pl. of opus, a work: see OPUS] 1. a planned and controlled tactical or strategic… …   English World dictionary

  • Maneuver — Ma*neu ver, Manoeuvre Ma*n[oe]u vre, n. [F. man[oe]uvre, OF. manuevre, LL. manopera, lit., hand work, manual labor; L. manus hand + opera, fr. opus work. See {Manual}, {Operate}, and cf. {Mainor}, {Manure}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Management;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Maneuver — Ma*neu ver, Manoeuvre Ma*n[oe]u vre, v. t. 1. To change the positions of, as of troops of ships. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • maneuver — I (tactic) noun approach, course of conduct, decursio, decursus, device, line of action, management, manipulation, mode of procedure, move, operation, plan of attack, planned campaign, procedure, scheme, stratagem, strategy, stroke, undertaking… …   Law dictionary

  • maneuver — n stratagem, *trick, ruse, gambit, ploy, artifice, wile, feint Analogous words: *device, contrivance: expedient, resort, *resource, shift, makeshift: intrigue, machination, *plot …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • maneuver — is an AmE variant of manoeuvre …   Modern English usage

  • maneuver — (Brit. manoeuvre) ► NOUN 1) a physical movement or series of moves requiring skill and care. 2) a carefully planned scheme or action. 3) (maneuvers) a large scale military exercise. ► VERB (maneuvered, maneuvering) …   English terms dictionary

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