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 for Manual
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Manual \Man"u*al\, n. [Cf. F. manuel, LL. manuale. See Manual,
     a.]
     1. A small book, such as may be carried in the hand, or
        conveniently handled; a handbook; specifically, the
        service book of the Roman Catholic Church.
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              This manual of laws, styled the Confessor's Laws.
                                                    --Sir M. Hale.
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     2. (Mus.) A keyboard of an organ or harmonium for the
        fingers, as distinguished from the pedals; a clavier, or
        set of keys. --Moore (Encyc. of Music).
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     3. (Mil.) A prescribed exercise in the systematic handing of
        a weapon; as, the manual of arms; the manual of the sword;
        the manual of the piece (cannon, mortar, etc.).
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Manual \Man"u*al\ (m[a^]n"[-u]*al), a. [OE. manuel, F. manuel,
     L. manualis, fr. manus hand; prob. akin to AS. mund hand,
     protection, OHG. munt, G. m["u]ndel a ward, vormund guardian,
     Icel. mund hand. Cf. Emancipate, Legerdemain, Maintain,
     Manage, Manner, Manure, Mound a hill.]
     1. Of or pertaining to the hand.
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     2. Performed by a person using physical as contrasted with
        mental effort; as, manual labor.
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     3. Done or made by the hand. In some contexts, contrasted
        with automatic or mechanical. "Manual and ocular
        examination." --Tatham.
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     Manual exercise (Mil.) the exercise by which soldiers are
        taught the use of their muskets and other arms.
  
     Seal manual, the impression of a seal worn on the hand as a
        ring.
  
     Sign manual. See under Sign.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  manual
      adj 1: of or relating to the hands; "manual dexterity"
      2: requiring human effort; "a manual transmission" [ant:
         automatic]
      3: doing or requiring physical work; "manual labor"; "manual
         laborer"
      n 1: a small handbook
      2: (military) a prescribed drill in handling a rifle [syn:
         manual of arms, manual]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  71 Moby Thesaurus words for "manual":
     Sefer Torah, Torah, Torah scroll, Virginal, abecedarium, abecedary,
     alphabet book, battledore, breviary, canon, casebook, choir,
     church book, claviature, compendium, console, cookbook,
     cookery book, directions, echo, eighty-eight, enchiridion,
     euchologion, euchology, exercise book, farse, field guide,
     fingerboard, formulary, gradus, grammar, great, guide, guidebook,
     handbook, hornbook, how-to book, instructions, ivories, keyboard,
     keys, lectionary, litany, machzor, manual of instruction, missal,
     nature book, ordinal, organ manual, pedals, piano keys, pontifical,
     prayer book, primer, reader, ritual, rituale, rubric, schoolbook,
     service book, siddur, solo, speller, spelling book, swell, t, text,
     textbook, travel book, vade mecum, workbook
  
  

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  MANUAL. That which is employed or used by the hand, of which a present 
  profit may be made. Things in the manual occupation of the owner cannot be 
  distrained for rent. Vide Tools. 
  
  

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