Catalog vs Manual – What’s the difference?

Catalog vs Manual - What's the difference?
As nouns the difference between catalog and manual is that catalog is (us|canada) while manual is a handbook. As a verb catalog is . As an adjective manual is performed with the hands (of an activity).




(en noun)

  • (US, Canada)
  • Usage notes

    In both the US and Canada, both catalog” and ”catalogue” are used, with ”catalogue” commonly used in government and traditional institutions and ”catalog commonly used in informal, business, retail, and computing contexts.

    Derived terms

    * card catalog
    * library catalog



    (wikipedia manual)

    Alternative forms

    * manuall (obsolete)

    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) manuel, from


    (en noun)

  • A handbook.
  • A booklet that instructs on the usage of a particular machine.
  • (music) A keyboard for the hands on a harpsichord, organ, or other musical instrument.
  • A manual transmission; a gearbox, especially of a motorized vehicle, shifted by the operator.
  • (by synecdoche) A vehicle with a manual transmission.
  • A bicycle technique whereby the front wheel is held aloft by the rider, without the use of pedal foce.
  • Synonyms

    * handbook

    Derived terms

    * reference manual
    * instruction manual
    * user manual
    * user’s manual
    * owners manual
    * owner’s manual

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) manuel, manual, from (etyl) .



  • Performed with the hands (of an activity).
  • * 1897 , Henry James, What Maisie Knew :
  • She gave a wild manual brush to her locks.
  • Operated by means of the hands (of a machine, device etc.).
  • Synonyms



    * automatic

    Derived terms

    * manually

    Coordinate terms

    * , relating to the mouth
    * , relating to the foot