maneuver meaning

[ mə'nu:və ] Pronunciation:   "maneuver" in a sentence
Noun: maneuver  mu'noovur
Usage: US (=manoeuvre)
  1. A military training exercise
    - manoeuvre [Brit, Cdn], simulated military operation 
  2. A plan for attaining a particular goal
    - tactic, tactics, manoeuvre [Brit, Cdn] 
  3. A deliberate coordinated movement requiring dexterity and skill
    "he made a great maneuver"
    - manoeuvre [Brit, Cdn], play 
  4. A move made to gain a tactical end
    - manoeuvre [Brit, Cdn], tactical maneuver [US], tactical manoeuvre [Brit, Cdn] 
  5. An action aimed at evading an opponent
    - manoeuvre [Brit, Cdn], evasive action
Verb: maneuver  mu'noovur
Usage: US (=manoeuvre)
  1. Direct the course; determine the direction of travelling
    - steer, manoeuver [non-standard], manoeuvre [Brit, Cdn], direct, point, head, guide, channelize, channelise [Brit] 
  2. Act in order to achieve a certain goal
    "He maneuvered to get the chairmanship"; "She maneuvered herself into the directorship"
    - manoeuver [non-standard], manoeuvre [Brit, Cdn] 
  3. Perform a movement in military or naval tactics in order to secure an advantage in attack or defense
    - manoeuver [non-standard], manoeuvre [Brit, Cdn], operate

Derived forms: maneuvered, maneuvers, maneuvering

See also: maneuverable [US], maneuverer [US]

Type of: act, command, control, evasion, go, military operation, motion, move, movement, op, operation, plan of action

Part of: athletic game, military training

Encyclopedia: Maneuver


1. A movement to place ships, aircraft, or land forces in a position of advantage over the enemy.
2. A tactical exercise carried out at sea, in the air, on the ground, or on a map in imitation of war.
3. The operation of a ship, aircraft, or vehicle, to cause it to perform desired movements.
4. Employment of forces in the operational area through movement in combination with fires to achieve a position of advantage in respect to the enemy in order to accomplish the mission.
See also mission; operation.
(JP 3-0)

or chiefly Brit ma·noeu·vre n
1 : a movement, procedure, or method performed to achieve a desired result and esp. to restore a normal physiological state or to promote normal function ‹the simplest maneuver to actuate the normal eustachian tube is to swallow —H. G. Armstrong› —see HEIMLICH MANEUVER, VALSALVA MANEUVER
2 : a manipulation to accomplish a change of position; specif : rotational or other movement applied to a fetus within the uterus to alter its position and facilitate delivery —see SCANZONI MANEUVER


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  1. ditching was a nasty but manageable maneuver.
  2. maneuvers in guizhou occupied the reds for four months.
  3. it has an energy source so they can live and maneuver.
  4. he must have considered the patrol as an effective maneuver.
  5. he suspected at once that she had been spying upon his maneuvers.

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