from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. requiring hand manipulation for operation; not automatic or machine-driven. Opposite of automatic or powered.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. operated by hand


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  • It has a hand-operated Honda SportClutch, which we think is great — it enables the rider to experience manual clutch action with the advantage of no stalling when coming to a stop.

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  • Johannes Guttenberg's invention of movable type had paved the way to commercial book publication, but when you examine these volumes, with their elaborate woodcut illustrations, elegant initial letters and handsome typefaces, consider the vast time and labor that went into early printing on a hand-operated flat-bed press.

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  • When was the last time, if ever, you visited the Fine Arts Building on Michigan Avenue, an 1885 landmark and art colony complete with a hand-operated elevator and the motto "All Passes - Art Alone Endures" emblazoned over doorways (obviously, from the days before Styrofoam, Dick Clark, zebra mussels, and other equally persistent substances)?

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  • The tools include a dry towel, a suction bulb and a hand-operated bag-and-mask resuscitator.

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  • With $2 million they raised, they also restored the stadium's majestic, spearmint-green facade, rebuilt the grandstand roof in painstaking period detail, revitalized the hand-operated scoreboard, constructed a new (though antique in feel) press box, and installed memorabilia displays.

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  • Doidge flies using a special, hand-operated rudder.

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  • Past winners include women like Alexander Keenan (2009), who developed a hand-operated sanitizer and dreams to establish a nonprofit that creates health tests in impoverished countries, and Chikoti Mibenge (2006), whose mission is to help find a cure for AIDS.

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  • Riggans came through with two outs in the fifth, hitting a pitch by R.A. Dickey (3-7) over the hand-operated scoreboard in left for his fifth homer of the season.

  • Flour mills range in price from about $50 for a basic, hand-operated model to hundreds of dollars for a fancy electric version.

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  • I knelt on the deck and retracted the hatch by turning a hand-operated wheel.

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