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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishmanualman‧u‧al1 /ˈmænjuəl/ ●●○ AWL adjective  1 HBHmanual work involves using your hands or your physical strength rather than your mind syn blue-collarmanual job/labour/worker etc low-paid manual jobs People in manual occupations have a lower life expectancy.2 TDoperated or done by hand or without the help of electricity, computers etc opp 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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manualThe gastric juice was collected by gentle manual aspiration during 135 minutes.manual skillsUnderwriters previously used a laborious manual system to assess risk, cross-referencing data from maps, spreadsheets and technical data.The Edinburgh library staff would like to remind users that there are still books on loan under the old manual system.The car has a five-speed manual transmission.manual workDemands for office staff to be sent home along with manual workers were refused.Measured in terms of earnings, the market situation of lower professionals is not substantially superior to that of skilled manual workers.manual job/labour/worker etcAs a result they have traditionally commanded higher wages than most other manual workers.In the past, new technology has mainly displaced manual workers.Most had stay-at-home wives and manual jobs.Relay assembly was a highly repetitive, manual job.It has been suggested that gastric cancer which occurs in some manual workers is occupation related.Although many sons have moved up, the homogeneous character of manual workers' origins contrasts starkly with the middle class.For semi-skilled and unskilled manual workers, the proportion of members experiencing unemployment almost doubled: from 18 to 32 percent.Action with a scraper and wire brush, using manual labour, would give the desired result.manual dexterityMany of these men would have been individuals of vision and creativity as well as manual dexterity.It is all really a matter of manual dexterity and self-confidence.This depends on the patient's eyesight, manual dexterity and willingness.
manualmanual2 ●●○ AWL noun [countable]  1 INSTRUCTIONSa book that gives instructions about how to do something, especially how to use a machineinstruction/training/reference etc manual Consult the computer manual if you have a problem. a user manual2 on manual
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manualHe had a manual of casual jobs - things like grape-picking, which had got him through the summer.a computer manualWe found the computer manual and read half way through it the first night.It has since emerged that they were following an illegal manual, and that the plant was rarely inspected by the authorities.an instruction manualBut another factor is that instruction manuals that usually accompany new computer hardware and software are difficult to understand.Several basic procedures are included in the instruction manual supplied with the de Fonbrune microforge.The instruction manuals that accompany new computer software are often difficult to understand.The command structure of authority may be shown by an organisation chart, or may be documented in schedules or manuals.Leach has written many popular manuals on childcare.To make these changes, you must have a copy of your printer manual, and you must be cautious.The 400-page tutorial and reference manual is daunting, but the program itself is easy to understand.Consult your owner's manual for information on what oil to use and how often it should be changed.Before you try to use the camera, read the manual carefully.a training manual for teachersuser manualThis applies even if the change only affects a user manual.The ADC-10 comes from Pico Technology together with a 24-page user manual and software on disc.Package means software, user manual and all other items accompanying this Agreement.
From Longman Business Dictionarymanualman‧u‧al1 /ˈmænjuəl/ adjective1using your hands and your physical strength or abilities, rather than your mindHe did all kinds of manual work.A shortage of manual labor (=people who do manual work) is keeping wages and inflation high.a low-paid manual worker2operated or done by hand or without the help of power in the form of electricity etcThe new system will automate many manual tasks.a manual typewritermanualmanual2 noun [countable] a book giving instructions on how to operate a machine, piece of equipment etcConsult the manufacturer’s instruction manual.a two-inch-thick training manual
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