1. A book of instructions and specifications of a piece of equipment or system. User Manual, Owner's Manual, Operator's Manual, Installation Manual. RTFM: Read The <Friendly> Manual.
2. A human operated, as opposed to automatic, action. Some lighting consoles allow both manual and timed fades. Any non-programmed action.
3. In the olden days (1960s-'70s), dimmer, resistance and dimmer, autotransformer systems were called manual; those newfangled SCR dimmer systems were called remote or preset systems.
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