Probe meaning

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To probe is to explore or investigate something.

An example of probe is when a scientists studies the origin of DNA.

An example of probe is when the police investigate a case to learn the identity of the criminal.

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The definition of a probe is an investigation into something or a blunt surgical tool used for exploratory medical testing.

An example of a probe is an investigation into who stole money from the petty cash jar.

An example of a probe is a probe used to perform a colonoscopy.

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A slender, flexible surgical instrument used to explore a wound or body cavity.
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An electrode or other device that can be placed inside something to take and convey measurements.
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A substance, such as DNA, that is radioactively labeled or otherwise marked and used to detect or identify another substance in a sample.
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A space probe.
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An exploratory action or expedition, especially one designed to investigate and obtain information on a remote or unknown region.

The scouts' probe of enemy territory.

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The act of exploring or searching with a device or instrument.

The surgeon's probe of the clogged artery.

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An investigation into unfamiliar matters or questionable activities; a penetrating inquiry.

A congressional probe into price fixing; a reporter's probe into a public figure's past.

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To penetrate or explore physically, especially with a probe, in order to find or discover something.
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To investigate by means of a chemical probe.
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To make an inquiry about (something); investigate or examine.

Probed the impact of technology on social behavior.

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To subject (a person) to questioning; interrogate.
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To make a physical search, especially by penetrating with a probe.

Birds probing in the sand for clams.

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To pose questions or conduct an investigation.

The police are probing into what really happened.

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A slender, blunt surgical instrument for exploring a wound or the like.
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The act of probing.
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A searching examination.
  • An investigation, as by a legislative committee, into corruption, etc.
  • An exploratory advance or patrol.
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An instrumented spacecraft for exploring the upper atmosphere, space, or a celestial body in order to get information about the environment, physical properties, etc.
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Any of various devices, as a Pitot tube or electrode, inserted into an environment for measuring, testing, etc.
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To explore (a wound, etc.) with a probe.
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To investigate or examine with great thoroughness.
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To search; investigate.
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A slender flexible surgical instrument with a blunt bulbous tip, used to explore a wound or body cavity.
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The act of exploring or searching with a device or instrument.
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A substance, such as DNA, that is radioactively labeled or otherwise marked and used to detect or identify another substance in a sample.
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A small utility program that is used to investigate, or test, the status of a system, network or website. Probes are mostly used for lawful purposes to determine if a device is functional. They can also be used by crackers to locate weaknesses in the system. A Web probe analyzes a website and reports data such as response time, security protocols supported and type of Web server. See ping.
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Any online effort, such as a request, program, or transaction, intended to get data about a computer’s or a network’s state. For example, a person can conduct a probe of the network by sending an “empty” message to determine whether a destination really exists. Symantec Security Response. Glossary. [Online, July 15, 2004.] Symantec Security Response Website. http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/refa.html.
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(surgery) Any of various medical instruments used to explore wounds, organs, etc. [from 15th c.]
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(figuratively) Something which penetrates something else, as though to explore; something which obtains information. [from 17th c.]
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An act of probing; a prod, a poke. [from 19th c.]
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(figuratively) An investigation or inquiry. [from 20th c.]

They launched a probe into the cause of the accident.

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(aeronautics) A tube attached to an aircraft which can be fitted into the drogue from a tanker aircraft to allow for aerial refuelling. [from 20th c.]
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(sciences) A small device, especially an electrode, used to explore, investigate or measure something by penetrating or being placed in it. [from 20th c.]

Insert the probe into the soil and read the temperature.

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(astronautics) A small, usually unmanned, spacecraft used to acquire information or measurements about its surroundings. [from 20th c.]
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(game of Go) A move with multiple answers seeking to make the opponent choose and commit to a strategy.
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(intransitive) To explore, investigate, or question.

If you probe further, you may discover different reasons.

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To insert a probe into.
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Origin of probe

Middle English examination from Medieval Latin proba from Late Latin proof from Latin probāre to test from probus good per1 in Indo-European roots