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1. An ornamental silk band hung as an ecclesiastical vestment on the left arm near the wrist.
2. A subdivision of an ancient Roman legion, containing 60 or 120 men.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin manipulus, handful : manus, hand; see man- in Indo-European roots + -pulus, perhaps -ful; see pelə- in Indo-European roots.]


1. (Historical Terms) (in ancient Rome) a unit of 120 to 200 foot soldiers
2. (Military) (in ancient Rome) a unit of 120 to 200 foot soldiers
3. (Historical Terms) Christianity an ornamental band formerly worn on the left arm by the celebrant at the Eucharist
4. (Ecclesiastical Terms) Christianity an ornamental band formerly worn on the left arm by the celebrant at the Eucharist
[C16: from Medieval Latin manipulus (the Eucharistic vestment), from Latin, literally: a handful, from manus hand]


(ˈmæn ə pəl)

1. (in ancient Rome) a subdivision of a legion, consisting of 60 or 120 men.
2. a Eucharistic vestment consisting of an ornamental strip worn over the left arm near the wrist. See illus. at chasuble.
[1400–50; late Middle English: the vestment (< Middle French) < Medieval Latin manipulus, Latin: military unit, literally, handful =mani-, comb. form of manus hand + -pulus suffix of obscure orig., perhaps akin to plēnus full1]


 a handful; a small band of soldiers—Johnson, 1755.
Examples: maniple of papers and petitions, 1632; of people, 1829; of soldiers, 1755.
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Neither the Macedonian phalanx nor the Roman maniple could function effectively if independent decisions were made within these units because formational integrity was essential to their performance.
Every morning I prepared the linen vestments in the sacristy: the amice, alb, cincture, stole, maniple, chasuble.
b) on the grounds that the type of aircraft can deliver defense exclusively by the manufacturer of the aircraft, which in this case is a company Aircraft Industries as Kunovice, Czech Republic, which authorized its sole and exclusive representation of the Slovak Republic by maniple sro, Bratislava, which may make deliveries of new aircraft, service and spare parts for the defense and has presented at meetings with the participation of the producer Aicraft Industries Inc.
The main unit was the 5,000-man legion, the important subdivision of which was the maniple, led by seasoned veterans called centurions.
However, when the Carthusian nun receives the consecration of a virgin (typically four years after solemn profession), she receives the stole, maniple, and cross from the presiding cleric, along with certain liturgical rights.
They used a battle formation known as the maniple, similar to the Macedonian phalanx, but looser and more flexible and therefore effective on a variety of terrains.
39) Ayni zamanda Komisyon, bu lobilerin bulundugu stratejik ortami maniple ederek, cikar temsilini yonlendirmektedir.
The correct derivation of this is from the Latin "manus" meaning a hand, as in maniple (a small unit of legionaries or handful) from which comes manipulate, which is what B.
The photographs, though usually good, reduced St Cuthbert's maniple and the Lindisfarne Gospels to murky obscurity.
The parish priests wear cassocks, birettas, and fiddleback vestments, and they know what to do with an amice, maniple, and cincture.
It is the falling star that trials the light, It is the breaking wave that hath the might, The passing shower that rain bows maniple.
You can see the chasuble, one dalmatic and a maniple, part of the only set of English High Mass vestments that survive complete, at Towneley Hall today, and next to them, every All Souls Day, we latter day members of the family gather together to offer up Mass for our dead relations.