from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
  • transitive v. To explore with or as if with a probe: probe a wound; probe one's motives.
  • transitive v. To delve into; investigate.
  • intransitive v. To conduct an exploratory investigation; search.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a move with multiple answers seeking to make the opponent choose and commit to a strategy
  • v. To explore, investigate, or question
  • v. To insert a probe into.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.
  • transitive v. To examine, as a wound, an ulcer, or some cavity of the body, with a probe.
  • transitive v. Fig.: to search to the bottom; to scrutinize or examine thoroughly.

from The 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.

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

  • 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


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)
For verb: Latin probare ("to test, examine, prove"), from probus ("good"). (Wiktionary)



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