verb (used with object), probed, prob·ing.
verb (used without object), probed, prob·ing.
Origin of probe
Synonyms for probe
Examples from the Web for prober
Historical Examples of prober
It was a painful business, but nothing to be compared to the pain produced by the "prober.""Contemptible"
Tom contacted the government craft and learned that as yet no sign of the lost Jupiter prober had been detected.Tom Swift and the Electronic Hydrolung
"We've had a couple of prober rockets shot into its surface," said Russ, as they watched the oncoming planet.The Secret of the Ninth Planet
Donald Allen Wollheim
We must not seek in Goldoni a prober of the human heart, not even a fearless satirist of social conditions.
But Mary-in-the-glass, that sentimental young woman, was no prober of emotions.Once Aboard The Lugger
Arthur Stuart-Menteth Hutchinson
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.