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Skillful use of the hands in moving body parts, as reducing a dislocation, or changing the position of a fetus.
(science and technology)
Use of the hands in the performance of a task.



(1) A movement of the hand or of both hands related to the performance of certain processes (for example, the handling of some mechanism); a complex procedure in hand labor requiring great precision.

(2) A clever swindle, a contrivance, a juggle with facts for the sake of achieving an unseemly goal; the same as a machination.

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It was encouraging to find that some teachers had given a great deal of thought to the effectiveness of manipulative materials.
This position also simulates the head and neck posture of many manipulative procedures, although the test procedure cannot mimic the mechanics associated with the thrust itself.
Teachers who would provide interactive opportunities for their students to construct mathematical knowledge must learn to distinguish between what is truly a virtual manipulative and what is merely "virtual.
There are many publications on the complications of spinal manipulative therapy, primarily published as case reports.
Is it manipulative of filmmakers to place the audience in this position, to seduce them, in order to make them like a film?
Highlighting "Something to Live For," Ying Li was turned upside down, dropped face floorward, and dragged by Steven Annegarn in this sultry, manipulative adagio with misogynistic overtones.
Each section has an overview page followed by three or more pages of activities that describe the many uses of the particular manipulative.
I have skipped all of Dawson's writings because I find them manipulative and cynical.
The following story, in my opinion one of the best and most important news reports to appear in America in the second half of the 20th century, is a good example of the way in which the news genre invites and validates dishonest behavior and thereby turns public life into a farrago of manipulative fictions.
In general terms, manipulative materials have been central to the call to reform mathematics teaching.
Det Chief Insp Tony Cockerill said later: "He's a manipulative, coercive individual who should hang his head in shame.