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fumble

[′fəm·bəl]
(industrial engineering)
An unintentional sensory-motor error that may be unavoidable.
References in classic literature ?
Alice watched the White Rabbit as he fumbled over the list, feeling very curious to see what the next witness would be like,
He fumbled in his waist cloth for flint and steel, and stooped down to singe Shere Khan's whiskers.
After a vain search he fumbled about till he found the door, and fled out of it howling frightfully.
Then he crouched down and fumbled with the leather fastenings.
Then he fumbled in his bag, and taking out a matchbox and a piece of candle, proceeded to make a light.
I did so, and, as I fumbled with my pocket, a struggle began in the darkness about my knees, perfectly silent on her part and with the same peculiar cooing sounds from the Morlocks.
Aramis, less self-controlled, fumbled continually with his hidden poniard.
said Harvey, with quivering lips, as he fumbled at the clasp of the belt.
He fumbled in his bosom and drew forth a worn, wooden begging- bowl.
Vogelstein made his German salutation to the company in general, and to Pandora he offered an audible good-bye, which she returned in a bright friendly voice, but without looking round as she fumbled at the lock of her trunk.
He fumbled with his books, as though to keep them from slipping to the floor when, quite obviously, they were not even inclined to leave the chair.
It was pitch dark inside the house, and the colonel fumbled about looking for matches and muttering under his breath.