from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Made by humans rather than occurring in nature; synthetic: man-made fibers; a manmade lake. See Usage Note at man.

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  • adj. Alternative spelling of manmade.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Not of natural origin; prepared or made by humans; artificial; of substances, made by chemical reaction rather than extracted from a natural source. Opposed to natural.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Made or contrived by man; of human as distinguished from divine origin; hence, as applied to spiritual subjects, artificial, simulated, or spurious.

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

  • adj. not of natural origin; prepared or made artificially


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  • Those who question the notion of man-made global warming, or do not believe in the phenomenon of global warming at all, should recognize that in order to take action against the threat of global warming, one does not have to believe that we are in fact facing a crisis, or that man has caused that crisis.


  • There are so many experts who reject the notion of man-made global warming and the historical claims about carbon dioxide they are too numerous to list here.

    Liberty and Tyranny

  • Originally referred to silk fiber in a satin weave, but now may refer to man-made fibers in a satin weave too.


  • Supporters of the idea of man-made meat, such as Stellan Welin, a bioethicist at Linkoping University in Sweden, say this is no less appealing than mass-producing livestock in factory farms where growth hormones and antibiotics are commonly used to boost yields and profits.

    Reuters: Press Release

  • In an exclusive interview on "This Week," Huntsman said "there's a serious problem" with comments made by Perry in New Hampshire last week calling man-made global warming "a scientific theory that has not been proven and from my perspective is more and more being put into question" while claiming scientists have "manipulated data" on the issue.

    ABC News: Top Stories

  • But Duan, based in the southwest Chinese city of Chengdu, is working on an audacious project described as a "man-made sun".

    Reuters: Top News

  • And even then, at least some astronomical knowledge is needed to distinguish the odd twinkle from so-called space trash, those man-made objects littering the sky in the form of aircraft, spacecraft, satellites, and discarded junk that reflect a ray of natural or artificial light from time to time.

    The English Is Coming!

  • Added to these man-made disasters, natural ones, such as floods and crop failures, also likely motivated Germanic migrations, including into former Britannia.

    The English Is Coming!

  • In a world increasingly reliant on innovations in robotics, artificial intelligence, and biotechnology, could Swahili lend to English its m- prefix to capture entities that are at once biological and man-made?

    The English Is Coming!

  • Some people are not prepared to listen to any arguments or evidence that might cast doubt on global warming being caused by man-made CO2.

    Ice, snow, and those who deny global warming


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