manoeuvre

manoeuvre
[[t]mənu͟ːvə(r)[/t]]
manoeuvres, manoeuvring, manoeuvred
1) VERB If you manoeuvre something into or out of an awkward position, you skilfully move it there.

[V n adv/prep] We attempted to manoeuvre the canoe closer to him...

[V way prep/adv] I manoeuvred my way among the tables to the back corner of the place...

The pilot instinctively maneuvered to avoid them.

N-VAR
Manoeuvre is also a noun.

...a ship capable of high speed and rapid manoeuvre.

2) VERB If you manoeuvre a situation, you change it in a clever and skilful way so that you can benefit from it.

[V n prep/adv] The authorities have to manoeuvre the markets into demanding a cut in interest rates...

[V n prep/adv] He brilliantly manoeuvred himself back to power...

He manoeuvres to foster recovery.

Syn:
Derived words:
manoeuvring plural N-VAR

...his unrivalled skill in political manoeuvring.

...his manoeuvrings on the matter of free trade.

N-COUNT
Manoeuvre is also a noun.

...manoeuvres to block the electoral process.

3) N-PLURAL Military manoeuvres are training exercises which involve the movement of soldiers and equipment over a large area.

Allied troops begin maneuvers tomorrow to show how quickly forces could be mobilized in case of a new invasion...

The camp was used for military manoeuvres.

Syn:
exercises
4) room for manoeuvresee room

English dictionary. 2008.

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  • manoeuvre — n. f. rI./r d1./d Mise en oeuvre d un instrument, d une machine; action ou opération nécessaire à son fonctionnement. d2./d Action exercée sur le gréement, les voiles, etc., d un navire, et destinée à assurer sa bonne marche ou à déterminer une… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • 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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