verb (used with object), probed, prob·ing.
verb (used without object), probed, prob·ing.
- probationary assistant,
- probe syringe,
Origin of probe
Examples from the Web for probing
“This is an era of probing to keep us off balance,” Comley said.
“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|Marlow Stern|March 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Andy Hinds|March 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Jack El-Hai|October 19, 2013|DAILY BEAST
I hope against hope for some probing questions from Schieffer, too.One Thing About the Debate I Forgot in that Previous Piece|Michael Tomasky|October 22, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Sothern's eyes, as keen as knife blades, studied the dark face, probing deep for a knowledge of the man himself.Wolf Breed|Jackson Gregory
For three weeks repeated attempts were made to find the ball by probing, but without success.Civil War Experiences|Henry Coddington Meyer
The neighbors would have spoken to her about it, but she shrunk from the subject as if they were probing a wound.
Henrietta, watching him, guessed that he was probing for some sign of mental aberration.The Fate of Felix Brand|Florence Finch Kelly
And suddenly, the jagged moonscape below erupted—belching streaks of fire that sought us like probing fingers.The Peacemaker|Alfred Coppel
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.