probe

[prohb]

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.

noun


Nearby words

  1. probationary assistant,
  2. probationer,
  3. probative,
  4. probatively,
  5. probatory,
  6. probe syringe,
  7. probenecid,
  8. probie,
  9. probiosis,
  10. probiotic

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

Related formsprobe·a·ble, adjectiveprob·er, nounre·probe, verb, re·probed, re·prob·ing.un·probed, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for probing

probe

verb

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

noun

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
Derived Formsprobeable, adjectiveprober, noun

Word Origin for probe

C16: from Medieval Latin proba investigation, from Latin probāre to test

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Word Origin and History for probing
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Medicine definitions for probing

probe

[prōb]

n.

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.

v.

To explore a wound or body cavity with a probe.

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