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1. To feel or grope about; to make awkward attempts to do or find something. Adams now began to fumble in his pockets. (Fielding)

2. To grope about in perplexity; to seek awkwardly; as, to fumble for an excuse. My understanding flutters and my memory fumbles. (Chesterfield) Alas! how he fumbles about the domains. (Wordsworth)

3. To handle much; to play childishly; to turn over and over. I saw him fumble with the sheets, and play with flowers. (Shak)

Origin: akin to D. Fommelen to crumple, fumble, Sw. Fumla to fusuble, famla to grope, dan. Famle to grope, fumble, Icel. Falme, as. Folm palm of the hand. See feel, and cf. Fanble, palm.

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Exercises for better coordination/dexterity in lab?

... I can't accurately aim 1 microlitre of solution onto a sensor, I can't set up a agarose filtration column before the agarose has settled because I fumble with taking the cap off and on, and let's not talk about how often I bump the container wall when I pipette. This is in addition to my harmless ...

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