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Manual vs. Automatic

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Manualnoun

A handbook.

Automaticadjective

Capable of operating without external control or intervention.

‘The automatic clothes washer was a great labor-saving device.’;

Manualnoun

A booklet that instructs on the usage of a particular machine.

Automaticadjective

Done out of habit or without conscious thought.

‘The reaction was automatic: flight!’;

Manualnoun

(music) A keyboard for the hands on a harpsichord, organ, or other musical instrument.

Automaticadjective

(of a firearm such as a machine gun) Firing continuously as long as the trigger is pressed until ammunition is exhausted.

‘Fully automatic weapons cannot be legally owned by private citizens in the US, except in very special circumstances, as by private security companies.’;

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Manualnoun

A manual transmission; a gearbox, especially of a motorized vehicle, shifted by the operator.

Automaticadjective

(of a handgun) An autoloader; a semi-automatic or self-loading pistol, as opposed to a revolver or other manually actuated handgun, which fires one shot per pull of the trigger; distinct from machine guns.

‘The US Army adopted John Browning's M1911 pistol as its sidearm, chambered in .45 ACP (Automatic Colt Pistol).’;

Manualnoun

(by synecdoche) A vehicle with a manual transmission.

Automaticadjective

Automatically added to and removed from the stack during the course of function calls.

Manualnoun

A bicycle technique whereby the front wheel is held aloft by the rider, without the use of pedal force.

Automaticadjective

Having one or more finite-state automata

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Manualnoun

Manual measurement of the blood pressure, done with a manual sphygmomanometer.

‘do a manual’;

Automaticnoun

A car with automatic transmission.

‘I never learned to drive a stick. I can only drive an automatic.’;

Manualadjective

Performed with the hands (of an activity).

Automaticnoun

A semi-automatic pistol.

‘The G-men raiding the speakeasy were equipped with .45 automatics, while the local policemen were carrying revolvers and shotguns.’;

Manualadjective

Operated by means of the hands (of a machine, device etc.).

Automaticadjective

Having an inherent power of action or motion.

‘Nothing can be said to be automatic.’;

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Manualadjective

(technology) Performed by a human rather than a machine.

‘The student manually corrected several errors missed by the spell checker.’;

Automaticadjective

Pertaining to, or produced by, an automaton; of the nature of an automaton; self-acting or self-regulating under fixed conditions; operating with minimal human intervention; - esp. applied to machinery or devices in which certain things formerly or usually done by hand are done by the machine or device itself; as, the automatic feed of a lathe; automatic gas lighting; an automatic engine or switch; an automatic mouse; an automatic transmission. The opposite of manual.

Manualadjective

Of or pertaining to the hand.

Automaticadjective

Not voluntary; not depending on the will; mechanical; controlled by the autonomic nervous system; without conscious control; as, automatic movements or functions. The opposite of voluntary.

‘Unconscious or automatic reasoning.’;

Manualadjective

Performed by a person using physical as contrasted with mental effort; as, manual labor.

Automaticadjective

like the unthinking functioning of a machine.

Manualadjective

Done or made by the hand. In some contexts, contrasted with automatic or mechanical.

Automaticnoun

light machine gun.

Manualnoun

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.

‘This manual of laws, styled the Confessor's Laws.’;

Automaticnoun

a pistol that will keep firing until the ammunition is gone or the trigger is released; as, a .45 automatic.

Manualnoun

A keyboard of an organ or harmonium for the fingers, as distinguished from the pedals; a clavier, or set of keys.

Automaticnoun

light machine gun

Manualnoun

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.).

Automaticnoun

a pistol that will keep firing until the ammunition is gone or the trigger is released

Manualnoun

a small handbook

Automaticadjective

operating with minimal human intervention; independent of external control;

‘automatic transmission’; ‘a budget deficit that caused automatic spending cuts’;

Manualnoun

(military) a prescribed drill in handling a rifle

Automaticadjective

like the unthinking functioning of a machine;

‘an automatic `thank you'’; ‘machinelike efficiency’;

Manualadjective

of or relating to the hands;

‘manual dexterity’;

Automaticadjective

without volition or conscious control;

‘the automatic shrinking of the pupils of the eye in strong light’; ‘a reflex knee jerk’; ‘sneezing is reflexive’;

Manualadjective

requiring human effort;

‘a manual transmission’;

Manualadjective

doing or requiring physical work;

‘manual labor’; ‘manual laborer’;

Manualadjective

relating to or done with the hands

‘manual dexterity’;

Manualadjective

(of a device) operated or controlled by hand, rather than automatically or electronically

‘a manual typewriter’;

Manualadjective

using or working with the hands

‘a manual labourer’;

Manualnoun

a book giving instructions or information

‘a computer manual’;

Manualnoun

(in the Christian Church) a book of the forms to be used by priests in the administration of the sacraments.

Manualnoun

a vehicle with manual transmission.

Manualnoun

an organ keyboard played with the hands not the feet.

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