[ 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.
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.
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Origin of probe
OTHER WORDS FROM probeprobe·a·ble, adjectiveprob·er, nounre·probe, verb, re·probed, re·prob·ing.un·probed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for reprobe
/ (prəʊb) /
(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
Derived forms of probeprobeable, adjectiveprober, noun
Word Origin for probe
C16: from Medieval Latin proba investigation, from Latin probāre to test
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Medical definitions for reprobe
[ 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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