verb (used with object), probed, prob·ing.
verb (used without object), probed, prob·ing.
Origin of probe
Synonyms for probe
Related Words for probingpenetrating, incisive, trenchant, discerning, piercing, perceptive, subtle, astute, insightful, keen, smart, discriminating, canny, clever, ingenious, intense, intuitive, judicious, observant, perspicacious
Examples from the Web for probing
Contemporary Examples of probing
“This is an era of probing to keep us off balance,” Comley said.Russia Preps Its North Pole Invasion
November 8, 2014
“Everyone has a preference,” the man says, probing Oberyn about whether he prefers the company of a man or a woman.Meet the Red Viper: Pedro Pascal on Game of Thrones’ Kinky, Bisexual Hellraiser
March 26, 2014
But Dave and his crew kept living the nightmare and probing the depths of depravity through their absurdist, folk-art horror-show.My Friend Oderus Urungus: GWAR’s Dave Brockie Was a High School Punk Legend
March 25, 2014
He spent hundreds of hours talking with the Nazis in their cells, probing their past, motivations, and psyches.Hermann Göring’s Shrink and the Perils of the Nazi Mind
October 19, 2013
I hope against hope for some probing questions from Schieffer, too.One Thing About the Debate I Forgot in that Previous Piece
October 22, 2012
Historical Examples of probing
Simmias acknowledges that there is cowardice in not probing truth to the bottom.Phaedo
The amputation, the incision, the probing had to be done then and there, on the instant.Charles Carleton Coffin
William Elliot Griffis, D. D.
His fingers quested all over one plate, probing and tapping.The Devil's Asteroid
Manly Wade Wellman
That's where our ship landed on the second probing expedition.Despoilers of the Golden Empire
Gordon Randall Garrett
The time for probing was near, but it lingered yet a little.The Rhodesian
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.