Catalogue vs Manual – What’s the difference?

Catalogue vs Manual - What's the difference?
As nouns the difference between catalogue and manual is that catalogue is a systematic list of names, books, pictures etc while manual is a handbook. As a verb catalogue is to put into a catalogue. As an adjective manual is performed with the hands (of an activity).



Alternative forms

* catalog


(en noun)

  • A systematic list of names, books, pictures etc.
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  • A complete (usually alphabetical) list of items.
  • A list of all the publications in a library.
  • (US) A university calendar.
  • (computing, dated) A directory listing.
  • * 1983 , Helpline” (in ”Sinclair User issue 21)
  • The program generates a catalogue of the files on the cartridge selected by the user, reads the catalogue into memory and erases the cartridge copy, so that an up-to-date copy is always generated.
  • * 2003 , “Brotha G”, Repairing Microdrive Cartridges” (on newsgroup ”comp.sys.sinclair )
  • It has two extra options using extended syntax. CAT – an extended catalogue but not as detailed as some I’ve seen. ( The reason that the Spectrum CAT command is restricted is that it cleverly uses the 512 bytes data buffer of the microdrive channel to sort the filenames – hence the limit of 50 ten-character filenames )


    * See also



  • To put into a catalogue.
  • To make a catalogue of.
  • To add items (e.g. books) to an existing catalogue.
  • Anagrams




    (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