ETYM Latin manus the hand + factura a making, from facere to make: cf. French manufacture. Related to Manual, and Fact.
1. The operation of making products by hand, by machinery, or by other means.
2. Anything made from raw materials by the hand, by machinery, or by skill, such as fabric, iron utensils, shoes, machinery, etc.
3. A factory; a place where things are manufactured.