What is the difference between hand and manual?

What is the difference between hand and manual?
As nouns the difference between hand and manual is that hand is the part of the fore limb below the forearm or wrist in a human, and the corresponding part in many other animals while manual is a handbook. As a verb hand is to give, pass, or transmit with the hand. As a adjective manual is performed with the hands (of an activity).



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(en noun)

  • The part of the fore limb below the forearm or wrist in a human, and the corresponding part in many other animals.
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  • *:Using her hands like windshield wipers, she tried to flick snow away from her mouth. When she clawed at her chest and neck, the crumbs maddeningly slid back onto her face. She grew claustrophobic.
  • (lb) That which resembles, or to some extent performs the office of, a human hand.
  • #A limb of certain animals, as the foot of a hawk, or any one of the four extremities of a monkey.
  • #An index or pointer on a dial; such as the hour and minute hands on the face of an analog clock, which are used to indicate the time of day.
  • (lb) In linear measurement:
  • # Four inches, a hand’s breadth.
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  • #*:Boxer was an enormous beast, nearly eighteen hands high, and as strong as any two ordinary horses put together.
  • #(lb) Three inches.
  • A side; part, camp; direction, either right or left.
  • *(w) 38:15:
  • *:On this hand‘ and that ‘ hand , were hangings.
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  • *From a speech delivered by (Bertrand Russell) on accepting the 1950 Nobel Prize in Literature:
  • *:I maintain, however, on the one hand‘, that there are few occasions upon which large bodies of men, such as politics is concerned with, can rise above selfishness, while, on the other ‘ hand , there are a very great many circumstances in which populations will fall below selfishness, if selfishness is interpreted as enlightened self-interest.
  • Power of performance; means of execution; ability; skill; dexterity.
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  • *:The Bat—they called him the Bat.. He’d never been in stir, the bulls had never mugged him, he didn’t run with a mob, he played a lone hand , and fenced his stuff so that even the fence couldn’t swear he knew his face.
  • An agent; a servant, or manual laborer, especially in compounds; a workman, trained or competent for special service or duty; a performer more or less skillful.
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  • An instance of helping.
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  • Handwriting; style of penmanship.
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  • A person’s signature.
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  • Personal possession; ownership.
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  • Management, domain, control.
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  • *1611 , (King James Version of the Bible), 1:1
  • *:Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us
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  • (lb) That which is, or may be, held in a hand at once.
  • # The set of cards held by a player.
  • #(lb) A bundle of tobacco leaves tied together.
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  • Applause.
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  • *2013 , Tom Shone, Oscar nominations pull a surprise by showing some taste – but will it last?” (in ”The Guardian , 11 January 2013)[http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/filmblog/2013/jan/11/oscar-nominations-surprise-taste]
  • *:Also a big hand for Silver Linings Playbook, an exuberant modern screwball comedy we had, in an unseemly fit of cynicism, deemed “too entertaining” for Academy voters.
  • (lb) The small part of a gunstock near the lock, which is grasped by the hand in taking aim.
  • A whole rhizome of ginger.
  • The feel of a fabric; the impression or quality of the fabric as judged qualitatively by the sense of touch.
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  • (lb) Actual performance; deed; act; workmanship; agency; hence, manner of performance.
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  • *(w) 6.36:
  • *:Gideon said unto God, If thou wilt save Israel by my hand .
  • (lb) Agency in transmission from one person to another.
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  • (lb) Rate; price.
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  • Synonyms

    * (part of the arm below the wrist) manus (obsolete), paw (of some animals)

    Usage notes

    Hand is used figuratively for a large variety of acts or things, in the doing, or making, or use of which the hand is in some way employed or concerned; also, as a symbol to denote various qualities or conditions, as,
    : (a) Activity; operation; work; — in distinction from the head, which implies thought, and the heart, which implies affection.
    :: His hand will be against every man. — Genesis 16:12
    : (b) Power; might; supremacy; — often in the Scriptures.
    :: With a mighty hand . . . will I rule over you. — Ezekiel 20:33 .
    : (c) Fraternal feeling; as, to give, or take, the hand‘; to give the right ‘ hand
    : (d) Contract; — commonly of marriage; as, to ask the hand ; to pledge the hand.


    * (part of the fore limb below the forearm) index finger, middle finger, palm, pinky, ring finger, thumb

    Derived terms

    * all hands
    * at hand
    * backhand, backhanded
    * back of one’s hand
    * bite the hand that feeds one
    * by hand
    * change hands
    * China Hand
    * close at hand
    * dead man’s hand
    * deckhand
    * dishpan hands
    * Dutch hand
    * empty-handed
    * farmhand
    * fill one’s hand
    * first hand
    * force somebody’s hand
    * glad hand
    * handbag
    * hand ball or handball
    * hand basket
    * handbreadth
    * handful
    * hand gear
    * hand grenade
    * handgun
    * hand in glove
    * hand in hand
    * handicraft
    * handiwork
    * handjob
    * handle
    * handly
    * handmade
    * handmill
    * hand over fist
    * hand over hand
    * hand press
    * handrail
    * handsaw
    * hands off
    * hands down
    * hands on
    * hands up
    * hand to hand
    * hand to mouth, hand-to-mouth
    * handwork
    * handy
    * hat in hand
    * have a hand in
    * have blood on one’s hands
    * have one’s hands full
    * heavy-handed
    * hired hand
    * hour hand
    * idle hands are the devil’s workshop
    * in good hands
    * in hand
    * laying on of hands
    * left-handed
    * lend a hand
    * live from hand to mouth
    * minute hand
    * off-hand
    * old hand
    * on hand
    * on the one hand
    * on the other hand
    * out of hand
    * out of someone’s hands
    * overhand
    * play into someone’s hands
    * play the hand one is dealt
    * put one’s hands together
    * putty in someone’s hands
    * ranchhand
    * red-handed
    * right-handed
    * second hand, second-hand
    * shake hands
    * show of hands
    * stablehand
    * stagehand
    * take in hand
    * the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world
    * tie someone’s hands
    * tip one’s hand
    * try one’s hand at
    * underhand
    * underhanded
    * wash one’s hands of

    See also


    (en verb)

  • To give, pass, or transmit with the hand, literally or figuratively.
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    , passage=It has jailed environmental activists and is planning to limit the power of judicial oversight by handing a state-approved body a monopoly over bringing environmental lawsuits.}}

  • To lead, guide, or assist with the hand; to conduct.
  • (obsolete) To manage.
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  • (obsolete) To seize; to lay hands on.
  • (Shakespeare)
  • (rare) To pledge by the hand; to handfast.
  • (transitive, nautical, said of a sail) To furl.
  • (Totten)
  • (obsolete) To cooperate.
  • Derived terms

    * hand down
    * hand in
    * hand off
    * hand out
    * hand over







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    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