American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An exploratory action, expedition, or device, especially one designed to investigate and obtain information on a remote or unknown region.
- n. A slender, flexible surgical instrument used to explore a wound or body cavity.
- n. Biology A substance, such as DNA, that is radioactively labeled or otherwise marked and used to detect or identify another substance in a sample.
- n. The act of exploring or searching with or as if with a device or instrument.
- n. An investigation into unfamiliar matters or questionable activities; a penetrating inquiry: a congressional probe into price fixing. See Synonyms at inquiry.
- n. A space probe.
- v. To explore with or as if with a probe: probe a wound; probe one's motives.
- v. To delve into; investigate.
- v. To conduct an exploratory investigation; search.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To examine with or as with a probe; explore, as a wound or other cavity, especially of the body: often used of searching for some extraneous object in a part or organ by means of an instrument thrust into it.
- Figuratively, to search to the bottom; scrutinize; examine thoroughly into.
- To prick, as a sealed can, so as to allow the compressed air or gas within to escape.
- n. A proof; a trial; a test.
- n. A printer's proof.
- n. In surgery, a slender flexible rod of silver or other substance for examining the conditions of a wound or other cavity, or the direction of a sinus.
- n. a move with multiple answers seeking to make the opponent choose and commit to a strategy
- v. transitive, intransitive To explore, investigate, or question
- v. transitive To insert a probe into.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To examine, as a wound, an ulcer, or some cavity of the body, with a probe.
- v. Fig.: to search to the bottom; to scrutinize or examine thoroughly.
- n. (Surg.) An instrument for examining the depth or other circumstances of a wound, ulcer, or cavity, or the direction of a sinus, of for exploring for bullets, for stones in the bladder, etc.
- n. an investigation conducted using a flexible surgical instrument to explore an injury or a body cavity
- v. examine physically with or as if with a probe
- n. an exploratory action or expedition
- v. question or examine thoroughly and closely
- n. a flexible slender surgical instrument with a blunt end that is used to explore wounds or body cavities
- n. an inquiry into unfamiliar or questionable activities
- For verb: Latin probare ("to test, examine, prove"), from probus ("good"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, examination, from Medieval Latin proba, from Late Latin, proof, from Latin probāre, to test, from probus, good. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“No one on Earth knows how to communicate with the probe, but upon returning to Earth, Spock and the rest of the Enterprise crew learn that the probe is attempting to communicate with humpback whales, which have been extinct since the 21st century.”
“Morrison says the word "probe," as in "Let's probe the significance of this," and Colfer says, "Interesting word choice.”
“The FBI would say only that the raids were part of what it called a probe of "activities concerning the material support of terrorism.”
“The NHTSA probe is called a TQ, for timeliness query.”
“First, at the very end, when the probe is going up and everything is suddenly familiar, and an elderly Picard realizes that the probe is off to find someone.”
“However, even if someone in government could be persuaded a far reaching probe is called for, given that under the new Obama administration, RIAA lawyers with clearly vested interests now occupy top DoJ positions, a fair investigation would be an impossibility.”
“CIA probe is 'terrible politics' for Obama, Dem strategist says”
“The probe is ongoing, and each company has agreed to cooperate with it.”
“Henry Schuelke, the Washington attorney handling the probe, is expected to complete his investigation within weeks, and Mr. Marsh isn't believed to be among those most at risk, according to people following the case.”
“The probe is continuing, and each company has agreed to cooperate with it.”
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