[ ik-splawr, -splohr ]
/ ɪkˈsplɔr, -ˈsploʊr /
verb (used with object), ex·plored, ex·plor·ing.
to traverse or range over (a region, area, etc.) for the purpose of discovery: to explore the island.
to look into closely; scrutinize; examine: Let us explore the possibilities for improvement.
Surgery. to investigate into, especially mechanically, as with a probe.
Obsolete. to search for; search out.
verb (used without object), ex·plored, ex·plor·ing.
to engage in exploration.
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Origin of explore
1575–85; < Latin explōrāre to search out, examine, equivalent to ex- ex-1 + plōrāre to cry out, probably orig. with reference to hunting cries
OTHER WORDS FROM explore
ex·plor·a·ble, adjectiveex·plor·a·bil·i·ty, nounex·plor·ing·ly, adverbre·ex·plore, verb, re·ex·plored, re·ex·plor·ing.
un·ex·plor·a·ble, adjectiveun·ex·plored, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for explorable
/ (ɪkˈsplɔː) /
(tr) to examine or investigate, esp systematically
to travel to or into (unfamiliar or unknown regions), esp for organized scientific purposes
(tr) med to examine (an organ or part) for diagnostic purposes
(tr) obsolete to search for or out
Derived forms of exploreexplorer, noun
Word Origin for explore
C16: from Latin explōrāre, from ex- 1 + plōrāre to cry aloud; probably from the shouts of hunters sighting prey
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Medical definitions for explorable
[ ĭk-splôr′ ]
To examine for diagnostic purposes.
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