to search into or examine thoroughly; question closely:to probe one's conscience.
to examine or explore with or as if with an instrument: The dentist probed the offending tooth.She keeps probing her ear with a cotton swab.
to examine or explore a matter thoroughly (sometimes followed by into): The checklist consists of a series of questions carefully designed to probe into all aspects of your business.The cross-examiner probed a little more before dismissing the witness.
to explore or search with or as if with an instrument: You may have to probe with the rod until you find the mouth of the pipe.
an act or instance of probing.
an investigation, especially by a legislative committee, of suspected illegal activity.
a tool or instrument designed for examining something, especially a slender surgical instrument for exploring the depth or direction of a wound, sinus, or the like.
Aerospace. space probe.
a projecting, pipelike device on a receiving aircraft used to make connection with and receive fuel from a tanker aircraft during refueling in flight.
a device, attached by cord to an oven, that can be inserted into roasts or other food so that the oven shuts off when the desired internal temperature of the food is reached.
Biology. any identifiable substance that is used to detect, isolate, or identify another substance, as a labeled strand of DNA that hybridizes with its complementary RNA or a monoclonal antibody that combines with a specific protein.
- probe·a·ble, adjective
- prob·er, noun
- re·probe, verb, re·probed, re·prob·ing.
- un·probed, adjective
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How to use probe in a sentence
There were three elements in the primers and probes, numbered one, two, and three.“We did the worst job in the world”: Lawrence Wright on America’s botched Covid-19 response | Sean Illing | February 9, 2021 | Vox
In this video, they cover how to use beacons, probes, and shovels to help you understand how to implement these tools in an emergency.
Say we found evidence of DNA on Mars—Perseverance has no way to sequence it, and as of yet there’s no way any Martian probe could be fitted with the necessary equipment to do so.We’re living in a golden age of sample return missions | Neel Patel | February 2, 2021 | MIT Technology Review
The probes emphasized Metro’s need to create, update and reinforce safety standards — something the agency has pledged after the release of a September audit that included 21 safety failures or concerns within its Rail Operations Control Center.Metrorail system still has work to do on safety, board says | Justin George | January 27, 2021 | Washington Post
Today it said it’s unpausing its multi-year probe to keep on prodding.UK resumes privacy oversight of adtech, warns platform audits are coming | Natasha Lomas | January 22, 2021 | TechCrunch
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.
It was risky work to leave the valuable convoy for an instant, but Malcolm felt that he must probe this mystery.The Red Year | Louis Tracy
I have not been able to perceive a hole sufficient even to admit a small probe.Buffon's Natural History. Volume IX (of 10) | Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon
One by one they examine, they compare, they probe, and all in silence.The Diamond Coterie | Lawrence L. Lynch
For a month she subjected Mr. Matthew Weyburn to the microscope of her observation and the probe of her instinct.Lord Ormont and his Aminta, Complete | George Meredith
The slightest probe of such a feeling toward a man so infinitely beneath him, he would have felt degrading.There and Back | George MacDonald
British Dictionary definitions for probe
(tr) to search into or question closely
to examine (something) with or as if with a probe
something that probes, examines, or tests
surgery a slender and usually flexible instrument for exploring a wound, sinus, etc
a thorough inquiry, such as one by a newspaper into corrupt practices
electronics a lead connecting to or containing a measuring or monitoring circuit used for testing
electronics a conductor inserted into a waveguide or cavity resonator to provide coupling to an external circuit
any of various devices that provide a coupling link, esp a flexible tube extended from an aircraft to link it with another so that it can refuel
See space probe
- probeable, adjective
- prober, noun
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