- maneuver [mə no͞o′vər, mənyo͞o′vər]n.[Fr manœuvre, orig., hand labor < VL manuopera < L manu operare, to work by hand < manus, a hand (see MANUAL) + opera, pl. of opus, a work: see OPUS]1. a planned and controlled tactical or strategic movement of troops, warships, aircraft, etc.2. [pl.] large-scale practice movements and exercises of troops, warships, aircraft, etc. under simulated combat conditions3. any skillful change of movement or direction in driving a vehicle, controlling a spacecraft, etc.; specif.,a) any change of movement by a flying aircraftb) a series of movements by an aircraft according to a specific pattern, as a roll, a loop, etc.4. any movement or procedure intended as a skillful or shrewd step toward some objective; stratagem; artifice; schemevi., vt.1. to perform or cause to perform a maneuver or maneuvers2. to manage or plan skillfully or shrewdly; manipulate or scheme3.a) to direct or guide (a vehicle, tool, etc.) with skill and dexterityb) to move, lead, get, put, make, compel, etc. (a person or thing) by some stratagem or schemeSYN.- TRICKmaneuverableadj.maneuverabilityn.maneuverern.
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.