Pronunciation: (man'yOO-ul),[key] —adj. 1. done, operated, worked, etc., by the hand or hands rather than by an electrical or electronic device: a manual gearshift. 2. involving or using human effort, skill, power, energy, etc.; physical: manual labor. 3. of or pertaining to the hand or hands: manual deformities. 4. of the nature of a manual or handbook: manual instructions.
—n. 1. a small book, esp. one giving information or instructions: a manual of mathematical tables. 2. a nonelectric or nonelectronic typewriter; a typewriter whose keys and carriage may be powered solely by the typist's hands.
3. Mil.the prescribed drill in handling a rifle: the manual of arms. 4. Music.a keyboard, esp. one of several belonging to a pipe organ.
5. Auto.See manual transmission.