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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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These steps will enhance ISO New England's ability to identify and deter market-detrimental behavior such as attempts to manipulate the wholesale markets and drive up electricity prices.
At Stanford University, Steven Chu and his colleagues manipulate atoms of a slightly different sort.
The exclusive Display Set feature enables users to define related objects, such as manifold components, and manipulate them as a group.
MicroOS stores and manipulates compressed voice, graphic, text, video, or music files.