[ prohb ]
/ proʊb /

verb (used with object), probed, prob·ing.

to search into or examine thoroughly; question closely: to probe one's conscience.
to examine or explore with a probe.

verb (used without object), probed, prob·ing.

to examine or explore with or as if with a probe.


Origin of probe

1555–65; (noun) < Medieval Latin proba examination, Late Latin: test, derivative of probāre (see prove); (v.) partly derivative of the noun, partly < Latin probāre. See proof


probe·a·ble, adjectiveprob·er, nounre·probe, verb, re·probed, re·prob·ing.un·probed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for prober

/ (prəʊb) /


(tr) to search into or question closely
to examine (something) with or as if with a probe


Derived forms of probe

probeable, adjectiveprober, noun

Word Origin for probe

C16: from Medieval Latin proba investigation, from Latin probāre to test
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Medical definitions for prober

[ prōb ]


A slender, flexible surgical instrument with a blunt bulbous tip, used to explore a wound or body cavity.
A substance, such as DNA, that is radioactively labeled or otherwise marked and used to detect or identify another substance in a sample.


To explore a wound or body cavity with a probe.
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