from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To investigate systematically; examine.
  • intransitive verb To search into or travel in for the purpose of discovery.
  • intransitive verb Medicine To examine (a body cavity or interior part) for diagnostic purposes, especially by surgery.
  • intransitive verb To make a careful examination or search.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To search for; look for with care and labor; seek after.
  • To search through, examine, or investigate, especially for the purpose of making discoveries in general or for the discovery of some particular thing; hence, to examine or search into with care, for the purpose of ascertaining the appearance, nature, condition, circumstances, etc., of; inquire into; scrutinize; specifically, to traverse or range over (a part or country) for the purpose of geographical discovery: as, Moses sent spies to explore the land of Canaan; to explore a gunshot-wound to find the bullet.
  • Synonyms Scrutinize, etc. See search.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb obsolete To seek for or after; to strive to attain by search; to look wisely and carefully for.
  • transitive verb To search through or into; to penetrate or range over for discovery; to examine thoroughly

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb intransitive, obsolete To seek for something or after someone.
  • verb transitive To examine or investigate something systematically.
  • verb transitive To travel somewhere in search of discovery.
  • verb intransitive, medicine To examine diagnostically.
  • verb transitive To (seek) experience first hand.
  • verb intransitive To be engaged exploring in any of the above senses.
  • verb intransitive To wander without any particular aim or purpose.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb travel to or penetrate into
  • verb examine minutely
  • verb inquire into
  • verb examine (organs) for diagnostic purposes


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin explōrāre : ex-, ex- + perhaps plōrāre, to cry out, as to rouse game.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Recorded since c.1450 (implied in explorator), from Latin explorare "investigate, search out", itself said to be originally a hunters' term meaning "set up a loud cry," from ex- "out" + plorare "to cry", but the second element is also explained as "to make to flow" (from pluere "to flow")


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