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fumble

[′fəm·bəl]
(industrial engineering)
An unintentional sensory-motor error that may be unavoidable.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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There is no more fumbling of trying to open a bag."
Fumbling around in the dark trying to discover which end opens and then determining one end needs a strip torn off and when this is done, the bag has to be opened.
'The Lady in the Long Black Veil Takes Revenge': When he snarled/his new demands,/I shut my eyes/like a child afraid/of midnight monsters.//He shoved me to the ground,/fell on me, so distracted/with fumbling at his britches,//he didn't notice/I'd grabbed a rock/and hit him with it,/again and again and again,/in a shrieking frenzy.//He collapsed, heavy/as a fallen armoire./Oh, it took Satan's own effort/to squirm free and bury him.//Now, worry wolfs my heart/his corpse will be discovered,/or that I didn't finish the brute,/or worst: his ghost will walk/with filthy, outstretched palms.
It will not totally eliminate 'fumbling through'--nor should it--as working instinctively remains a key source of learning and inspiration.
It's a marvel of fumbling trepidation sure to stir memories in many viewers.
Cardona and Sanders at first moved separately, alternating between sensual, introverted fumbling and frenzied bopping, fists pumping overhead.
Fumbling the catch or letting the coin bounce on the floor would change the physics drastically (and complicate the relevant equations enormously) and could indeed affect the extent to which the toss is biased.
NaWire vice president of development Douglas Payne said, "Agents and brokers are highly mobile sales people -- professionals who can't sit behind a desk all day, pulling up listings on a PC or fumbling through an outdated MLS book.
This time it is for fumbling a word in the article on page 48 of the January issue.
"Never count a man out 'til he's dead and gone." Uncle Beasley started fumbling in his sweater for a cigarette.
Mike Dukakis fumbles a toss with Red Sox centerfielder Ellis Burks, and it instantly becomes a symbol of a fumbling campaign.