verb (used with object), probed, prob·ing.
verb (used without object), probed, prob·ing.
- probationary assistant,
- probe syringe,
Origin of probe
Examples from the Web for probe
However, the probe stayed in contact with the Rosetta orbiter and has already sent back some photos.
Then finally, the probe had to be released at the right moment and on the right course to land at that spot.
The probe appears to be sitting at the bottom of a "cliff" on the comet, but beyond that it's hard to tell.
UPDATE: Since publication yesterday, the Philae team learned that the probe bounced two times and apparently landed on its side.
Earthlings, we can celebrate the accomplishment of landing a probe on a new world.
The probe was introduced the second time and the ball was supposed to be distinctly felt.Lincoln's Last Hours|Charles A. Leale
Was this the deeper harder secret that Elsa sought to probe, this the puzzle to which she asked an answer?The King's Mirror|Anthony Hope
The probe lights glowed from the walls and ceiling, efficiently X-raying his bag and his clothing for any prohibited imports.The Cartels Jungle|Irving E. Cox, Jr.
We are therefore forced to pause awhile, and probe beneath the surface.
To rest a little from clap-trap, and probe the wild promise of gain.
Word Origin for probe
early 15c., "instrument for exploring wounds, etc.," also "an examination," from Medieval Latin proba "examination," in Late Latin "a test, proof," from Latin probare (see prove). Meaning "act of probing" is 1890, from the verb; figurative sense of "penetrating investigation" is from 1903. Meaning "small, unmanned exploratory craft" is attested from 1953.
1640s, originally figurative; "to search thoroughly, interrogate;" from probe (n.) and partly from Latin probare. Literal sense of "to examine with a probe" is from 1680s. Related: Probed; probing; probingly.