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Topic: HUMAN

Date: 1400-1500
Language: French
Origin: manuel, from Latin manualis, from manus 'hand'

manual

1 adjective
     
man‧u‧al1
1HBH manual work involves using your hands or your physical strength rather than your mind [= blue-collar]
manual job/labour/worker etc
low-paid manual jobs
People in manual occupations have a lower life expectancy.
2TDTD operated or done by hand or without the help of electricity, computers etc [≠ automatic]:
a manual typewriter
a five-speed manual gearbox
It would take too long to do a manual search of all the data.
3 relating to how well you use your hands to make or do things:
No great manual dexterity (=skill in using your hands) is required to perform the technique.
manually adverb
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