manoeuvre

\ \ [18] Essentially manoeuvre and manure [14] are the same word. Both go back ultimately to a Latin expression denoting ‘manual labour’. This was manū operārī, literally ‘work with the hand’. It was lexicalized in medieval Latin as the verb manuoperāre, and this passed into Old French as manovrer. Middle English took it over via Anglo-Norman mainoverer as maynoyre or manour, which at first was used for ‘administer land’, and more specifically ‘cultivate land’. Not until the mid 16th century did the noun manure, denoting ‘dung spread in cultivating the land’, emerge.
\ \ Meanwhile Old French manovrer developed into modern French manoeuvrer, which English borrowed in the 18th century.
\ \ Cf.MANUAL, MANURE, OPERATE

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  • manoeuvre — 1. (ma neu vr ) s. f. 1°   Opération de la main.    Terme de construction. Mouvement des ouvriers et des machines. Il faut laisser de la place pour la manoeuvre. 2°   Terme de chirurgie et d obstétrique. Action composée, ensemble des mouvements… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • manoeuvre — (US maneuver) ► NOUN 1) a physical movement or series of moves requiring skill and care. 2) a carefully planned scheme or action. 3) (manoeuvres) a large scale military exercise. ► VERB (manoeuvred, manoeuvring) …   English terms dictionary

  • Manoeuvre — Ma*noeu vre, n. & v. See {Maneuver}. [Chiefly Brit.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Manoeuvre — (fr., spr. Mannöhwer), 1) Bewegung, Wendung; 2) das zu einem strategischen Zweck bestimmte Ganze einzelner taktischen Evolutionen. Das Manoeuvriren u. die Manoeuvrirkunst besteht in der Fertigkeit, Truppen aller Art auf jedem practicablen Terrain …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Manoeuvre — (manöwr), frz., der Inbegriff der taktischen Bewegungen eines Truppenkörpers; im Seewesen die auf die Leitung des Schiffes gerichtete Arbeit der Mannschaft, sowie auch das Verfahren im Gefechte …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • manoeuvre — chiefly Brit var of MANEUVER …   Medical dictionary

  • manoeuvré — manoeuvré, ée (ma neu vré, vrée) part. passé de manoeuvrer. Des galères manoeuvrées par des forçats …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • manoeuvre — also manoeuver, alternative spelling of MANEUVER (Cf. maneuver). Also see OE (Cf. oe); RE (Cf. re). Related: manoeuvres; manoeuvred; manoeuvring …   Etymology dictionary

  • manoeuvre — has inflected forms manoeuvred, manoeuvring. The spelling in AmE is maneuver, with inflected forms maneuvered, maneuvering …   Modern English usage

  • manoeuvre — [mə no͞o′vər, mənyo͞o′vər] n., vi., vt. manoeuvred, manoeuvring chiefly Brit. sp. of MANEUVER …   English World dictionary

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