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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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Researchers are striving to use quantum physics to store, manipulate, and transmit data to someday create extraordinarily powerful and secure computer networks.
In another scene, Jack physically manipulates a pairing between Lucky and Bella, plus accessorizes and dresses her in outerwear to match his modified scenario.
This is a tiny house but McLaughlin skilfully manipulates light and space, cutting through dividing planes, allowing vertical and horizontal glimpses of what is beyond.
By strengthening our oversight capabilities, we can ensure that everyone - literally - plays by the rules and that no one manipulates markets to the detriment of consumers.