- a slender, blunt surgical instrument for exploring a wound or the like
- the act of probing
- a searching examination; specif.,
- an investigation, as by a legislative committee, into corruption, etc.
- an exploratory advance or patrol
- an instrumented spacecraft for exploring the upper atmosphere, space, or a celestial body in order to get information about the environment, physical properties, etc.
- any of various devices, as a Pitot tube or electrode, inserted into an environment for measuring, testing, etc.
Origin of probeLate Latin proba, proof (in ML, examination) from Classical Latin probare, to test, prove from probus, good, proper from Indo-European an unverified form probhwos (from source Sanskrit prabhú?, outstanding) from base an unverified form pro, forward + an unverified form bh?, to grow from source be
transitive verbprobed, prob′ing
- to explore (a wound, etc.) with a probe
- to investigate or examine with great thoroughness