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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n shakiness the quality of being unstable and insecure "the shakiness of the present regime"
    • n shakiness a shaky motion "the shaking of his fingers as he lit his pipe"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Shakiness Quality of being shaky.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n shakiness Shaky character or condition.
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  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “The person who in shaky times also wavers only increases the evil, but the person of firm decision fashions the universe.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “Do not give in too much to feelings. A overly sensitive heart is an unhappy possession on this shaky earth.”
  • Norman Mailer
    “If a person is not talented enough to be a novelist, not smart enough to be a lawyer, and his hands are too shaky to perform operations, he becomes a journalist.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “Deeply earnest and thoughtful people stand on shaky footing with the public.”


In literature:

He dropped a lot of feathers and went up in a shaky fashion.
"The Rover Boys In The Mountains" by Arthur M. Winfield
His face was white and he looked sick and shaky.
"Two Little Savages" by Ernest Thompson Seton
She gave a shaky little laugh as though ashamed of her weakness.
"The Tidal Wave and Other Stories" by Ethel May Dell
Without looking at her, he spoke, his voice shaky, wholly unfamiliar.
"The Lamp in the Desert" by Ethel M. Dell
She noticed that his hand was very shaky.
"Rosa Mundi and Other Stories" by Ethel M. Dell
They were just as sage and shaky in those days as in these degenerate times.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. XII, No. 29. August, 1873." by Various
But somethin' tells me thet, shaky as I am in my boots, I'd liefer be in mine than yours.
"The Mysterious Rider" by Zane Grey
In the middle of my song some heavy person leaning against a shaky bookcase uprooted it, and it fell with a crash on the floor.
"The Sunny Side of Diplomatic Life, 1875-1912" by Lillie DeHegermann-Lindencrone
He looked kinder pale and shaky, but you bet yer life he knowed how to hit the bottle.
"Sandy" by Alice Hegan Rice
Some of the officers expostulated with him on the hazard of crossing the Atlantic in so shaky a trim.
"Willis the Pilot" by Johanna Spyri
Stone was shaky himself.
"The Radio Boys on the Mexican Border" by Gerald Breckenridge
The hand was a shaky one, and its owner was crying loudly.
"One of the 28th" by G. A. Henty
Half-way across a shaky old rail, he suddenly stopped.
"The Adventures of Grandfather Frog" by Thornton W. Burgess
It was ten feet long and four wide, shaky and rotten.
"White Shadows in the South Seas" by Frederick O'Brien
We'll have no spirits, and no shaky hands for Monday.
"A Dream of the North Sea" by James Runciman
I've had shaky nights an' silly nights an' haunted nights, but my head 's clear for wance, an' I'll use it while 'tis.
"Children of the Mist" by Eden Phillpotts
He looked very old and very shaky.
"The Devil's Garden" by W. B. Maxwell
Loose, shaky articles often admit of being set to rights, by warming the joints and pouring a little melted lead into the cracks.
"The Art of Travel" by Francis Galton
His legs had a way of going shaky at nightfall.
"Love Stories" by Mary Roberts Rinehart
A 'dug-out' canoe is rather a shaky craft.
"Rambles and Recollections of an Indian Official" by William Sleeman

In poetry:

Now we are old and wise and grey,
And shaky at the knees;
Now is the true time to delight
In picture books like these.
"A Dedication To E.C.B." by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
There was something in his voice
That made me feel quite shaky.
And when I looked right in his face,
Who should it be but Jakey!
"The Reunion" by Frances Ellen Watkins
One winter - I am shaky in my dates -
Came two starving Tartar minstrels to his gates;
Oh, ALLAH be obeyed,
How infernally they played!
I remember that they called themselves the "Oaits."
"The Story of Prince Agib" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Well, Time with his snuffers is prowling about
And his shaky old fingers will soon snuff us out;
There's a hint for us all in each pendulum tick,
For we're low in the tallow and long in the wick.
"The Smiling Listener" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Singing in a queer old quaver, shaky, shrill, and sad,
Like an old man singing songs he knew when he was yet a lad,
Singing of a good old time that all too fast did fly,
When the world was rather younger in the years gone by.
"The Old Fiddle" by Cicely Fox Smith
There's always a ship comes into the Clyde
On the grim last night o' the year.
And a rich old man at the dark quay-side
Is shaky and sick wi' fear. . . .
How long will that ship come into the Clyde
On the grim last night o' the year ?
"The Ghost Ship" by John Joy Bell

In news:

The New England Patriots on Thursday obtained Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib for their shaky secondary.
(AP) — The New England Patriots moved to shore up their shaky secondary on Thursday by obtaining cornerback Aqib Talib from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
(AP) — The New England Patriots moved to shore up their shaky secondary on Thursday by obtaining cornerback Aqib Talib from the Tamp.
The New England Patriots have obtained cornerback Aqib Talib for their shaky secondary from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The New England Patriots moved to shore up their shaky secondary on Thursday by obtaining cornerback Aqib Talib from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Off-Broadway still shaky going into the weekend.
Raiders' Allen to push youth movement despite shaky status.
More than two-thirds of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck, meaning the financial ground they're standing on is incredibly shaky.
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank has phased out one of the crisis measures aimed at supporting the shaky banking system of the 17-country eurozone.
The newest pocket cams use stabilization to save you from your shaky hands.
Prosecutors' ploy in shaky cases.
After a major rally yesterday, stocks fell again today amid fears that France's banking sector is looking shaky.
Heat on shaky footing with Wade decision.
The letter from D.W. Tiffee ("Medicaid expansion vital," Aug 1, Oklahoma Gazette) uses some pretty shaky arguments and assumptions to make his point that Medicaid should be expanded.
The economy is so shaky and people we know have been laid-off work.

In science:

We will show that this notion as defined in GWW comes from a shaky argument and should not be used.
Bias and consistency in time delay estimation methods: case of the double quasar HE 1104-1805
As long as the generation of random numbers is more an art than a science, the whole Monte Carlo method, indispensable tool in (cid:12)elds ranging from highenergy physics to economics, is based on shaky grounds.
Pseudo Random Coins Show More Heads Than Tails
However, we wish to make this a constructive criticism, and more important than pointing out why the argument is on shaky ground, we want to clarify which steps are missing to put it on solid ground.
Can we measure structures to a precision better than the Planck length?
Fine, The Shaky Game: Einstein, Realism and the Quantum Theory, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 1986. M.
Quantum discord is Bohr's notion of non-mechanical disturbance introduced in his answer to EPR
This can put conclusions on detector performances drawn from PFAs on rather shaky ground.
Calorimetry for Lepton Collider Experiments - CALICE results and activities
Smeenk Reverberations of the Shaky Game (eds R.
No time machines in classical general relativity
However, the experimental evidence for this is very shaky.
Challenges in Hadron Physics
In the upper graph, the shaky blue line corresponds to the experimental data, while the smooth green line is the prediction according to Wilks’ theorem (6).
Detection of systematic errors in quantum experiments
However, I think it is salutary to recognize that many of the theoretical arguments which one thinks of as the basic raison d’etre of inflationary cosmology, are on rather shaky ground in the light of current theory.
M Theory and Cosmology
In other terms, we claim that as long as the shared state used for the reconstruction has not been purified to an entangled pure state, any “classical” limit rests on a shaky ground, unless it is completed by a supplementary EPR-type or Bell-type argument as we have done here.
Quantum teleportation criteria for continuous variables
Unfortunately, this would not be correct, since, the whole derivation of (3) stands on the shaky ground.
Uncertainty relations on the slit and Fisher information
Fine, “The Shaky Game: Einstein Realism and the Quantum Theory”, University of Chicago Press, Chicago (1986).
Real and Virtual Strange Processes
If one or both of these assumptions are violated, the theoretical underpinning of the algorithms we have described becomes shaky.
Computing challenges of the Cosmic Microwave Background