Definitions

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

  • 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.
  • 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.

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

Etymologies

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

Middle English, examination, from Medieval Latin proba, from Late Latin, proof, from Latin probāre, to test, from probus, good.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

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