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
Once level with the heart, the probe bounces sound waves off the heart to create images.When physicians and veterinarians team up, all species benefit | Liz Devitt | November 5, 2020 | Science News For Students
Plans were afoot to send a probe to Venus, starting with the Soviet launch of the Venera 1 probe.We Never Know Exactly Where We’re Going in Outer Space - Issue 92: Frontiers | Caleb Scharf | November 4, 2020 | Nautilus
Researchers transmitted 300 images to the probe in deep space, 15 million miles and 80 light-seconds away, and back to Earth.
It replaces the variety of devices usually needed to do this with a single probe the size of an electric razor.Surviving Mars missions will take planning and lots of innovation | Maria Temming | October 22, 2020 | Science News For Students
A couple of new capabilities were also developed to try to keep the probe safe during the procedure.A NASA spacecraft is about to scoop up some asteroid rubble | Neel Patel | October 14, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
They stayed behind the bases defensive walls only firing back when ISIS trucks probed their perimeter.The Paper Tiger of the Tigris: How ISIS Took Tikrit Without a Fight | Andrew Slater | June 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Next Tomasky tells us that the Benghazi attack has been probed with two Senate reports and eight House reports.
A top ranking congresswoman is being probed for something so minor even government watchdogs are asking why.Could an Obscure Ethics Rule Endanger Republican Star Cathy McMorris Rodgers? | David Freedlander | February 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Sonny probed with his big, blunt fingers at a slender wrist: it was cold.The Strange and Mysterious Death of Mrs. Jerry Lee Lewis | Richard Ben Cramer | January 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Doctors probed inside the wound with unwashed, ungloved fingers.
Then you would permit love to your married pair after they had probed each other's minds and mannerisms for a year or two?Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
This was why Valmond interested her—not as a man, a physical personality, but as a mystery to be probed, discovered.When Valmond Came to Pontiac, Complete | Gilbert Parker
Mr. Ruskin went in to him and examined his wound, and probed the course of the bullet.A Final Reckoning | G. A. Henty
The police probed the ground with their swords, and closely examined the walls.A Final Reckoning | G. A. Henty
The congregation, trembling with exhilaration, probed his meaning.Auld Licht Idylls | J. M. Barrie
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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