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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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Certainly, this fear has made many forget a secret of analogue photography [traditional film-based photographs], namely that conventional photographs may be manipulated to alter reality and at worst to fabricate false evidence.
1998), an officer working on a bus noticed "a black bag that still had manufacturer's tags on it, physically manipulated it, lifted it, and felt along its bottom.
Since biological materials can be manipulated via genetic engineering, this opens up the possibility of creating new liquid crystalline phases," Kamien says.
The investigators manipulated the temperature and acidity of solutions containing crystals of haloalkane dehalogenase from a nitrogen-fixing bacterium, Xanthobacter autotrophicus.
What's more, they say they manipulated some of those molecules.