- to search into or examine thoroughly; question closely: to probe one's conscience.
- to examine or explore with a probe.
- to examine or explore with or as if with a probe.
- the act of probing.
- a slender surgical instrument for exploring the depth or direction of a wound, sinus, or the like.
- an investigation, especially by a legislative committee, of suspected illegal activity.
- 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.
Origin of probe
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Examples from the Web for 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
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
- (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
Word Origin and History for probing
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.
- 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.