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probe

 (prōb)
n.
1.
a. A slender, flexible surgical instrument used to explore a wound or body cavity.
b. An electrode or other device that can be placed inside something to take and convey measurements.
c. A substance, such as DNA, that is radioactively labeled or otherwise marked and used to detect or identify another substance in a sample.
d. A space probe.
2.
a. 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.
b. The act of exploring or searching with a device or instrument: the surgeon's probe of the clogged artery.
c. 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. See Synonyms at inquiry.
v. probed, prob·ing, probes
v.tr.
1.
a. To penetrate or explore physically, especially with a probe, in order to find or discover something: "Chimpanzees use a variety of tools to probe termite mounds" (Virginia Morell).
b. To investigate by means of a chemical probe.
2.
a. To make an inquiry about (something); investigate or examine: probed the impact of technology on social behavior.
b. To subject (a person) to questioning; interrogate.
v.intr.
1. To make a physical search, especially by penetrating with a probe: birds probing in the sand for clams.
2. To pose questions or conduct an investigation: The police are probing into what really happened.

[Middle English, examination, from Medieval Latin proba, from Late Latin, proof, from Latin probāre, to test, from probus, good; see per in Indo-European roots.]

prob′er n.
prob′ing·ly adv.

probe

(prəʊb)
vb
1. (tr) to search into or question closely
2. to examine (something) with or as if with a probe
n
3. something that probes, examines, or tests
4. (Surgery) surgery a slender and usually flexible instrument for exploring a wound, sinus, etc
5. a thorough inquiry, such as one by a newspaper into corrupt practices
6. (Electronics) electronics a lead connecting to or containing a measuring or monitoring circuit used for testing
7. (Electronics) electronics a conductor inserted into a waveguide or cavity resonator to provide coupling to an external circuit
8. (Aeronautics) any of various devices that provide a coupling link, esp a flexible tube extended from an aircraft to link it with another so that it can refuel
9. (Astronautics) See space probe
[C16: from Medieval Latin proba investigation, from Latin probāre to test]
ˈprobeable adj
ˈprober n

probe

(proʊb)

v. probed, prob•ing,
n. v.t.
1. to search into or examine thoroughly: to probe one's conscience.
2. to explore with a probe.
v.i.
3. to examine or explore with or as if with a probe.
n.
4. a slender surgical instrument for exploring the depth or direction of a wound, sinus, or the like.
5. any slender device inserted into something in order to explore, test, or examine.
6. the act of probing.
7. an investigation, esp. by a legislative committee, of suspected illegal activity.
9.
b. any labeled or otherwise identifiable substance that is used to detect or isolate another substance in a biological system or specimen.
[1555–65; < Medieval Latin proba examination, Late Latin: test, derivative of Latin probāre (see prove)]
prob′er, n.

probe

, prove, probable - Latin probare, "approve, prove, test," is the source of English probe and prove. From that came Latin probabilis, "provable," which became English probable.
See also related terms for prove.

probe

In information operations, any attempt to gather information about an automated information system or its on-line users. See also information; information operations; information system.

probe


Past participle: probed
Gerund: probing

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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.probe - an inquiry into unfamiliar or questionable activitiesprobe - an inquiry into unfamiliar or questionable activities; "there was a congressional probe into the scandal"
inquiry, research, enquiry - a search for knowledge; "their pottery deserves more research than it has received"
fishing expedition - an investigation undertaken in the hope (but not the stated purpose) of discovering information
2.probe - a flexible slender surgical instrument with a blunt end that is used to explore wounds or body cavities
surgical instrument - a medical instrument used in surgery
3.probe - an exploratory action or expedition
exploration - a careful systematic search
4.probe - an investigation conducted using a flexible surgical instrument to explore an injury or a body cavity
research - systematic investigation to establish facts
Verb1.probe - question or examine thoroughly and closelyprobe - question or examine thoroughly and closely
enquire, investigate, inquire - conduct an inquiry or investigation of; "The district attorney's office investigated reports of possible irregularities"; "inquire into the disappearance of the rich old lady"
re-examine - question after cross-examination by opposing counsel; "re-examine one's witness"
investigate, look into - investigate scientifically; "Let's investigate the syntax of Chinese"
hear, try - examine or hear (evidence or a case) by judicial process; "The jury had heard all the evidence"; "The case will be tried in California"
2.probe - examine physically with or as if with a probe; "probe an anthill"
penetrate, perforate - pass into or through, often by overcoming resistance; "The bullet penetrated her chest"
gutter - wear or cut gutters into; "The heavy rain guttered the soil"

probe

verb
1. (often with into) examine, research, go into, investigate, explore, test, sound, search, look into, query, verify, sift, analyze, dissect, delve into, work over, scrutinize The more they probed into his background, the more suspicious they became.
2. explore, examine, poke, prod, feel around A doctor probed deep in his shoulder wound for shrapnel.
noun
1. investigation, study, research, inquiry, analysis, examination, exploration, scrutiny, inquest, scrutinization a federal grand-jury probe into corruption within the FDA

probe

noun
1. The act or an instance of exploring or investigating:
2. Something, as a remark, used to determine the attitude of another:
3. A seeking of knowledge, data, or the truth about something:
verb
1. To go into or through for the purpose of making discoveries or acquiring information:
2. To test the attitude of:
feel out, sound (out).
Translations
تَحْقيقمِسْبَر الطَّبيبيُحَقَّق فييَسْبُر، يَفْحَص
prošetřovatprůzkumsondasondovatvyšetřování
snagesondeundersøgeundersøgelse
alapos vizsgálatszondaszondáz
kanna, skoîakannirannsakarannsókn
zondaszonduoti
iedziļinātiesizmeklēšanaizpēteizpētītiztaustīt
sonda

probe

[prəʊb]
A. N
1. (Med) → sonda f
2. (= rocket) → cohete m, proyectil m (also space probe) → sonda f espacial
3. (= inquiry) → investigación f
a probe into the drug trafficuna investigación del tráfico de drogas
B. VT
1. [+ hole, crack] (with instrument, probe) → sondear; (with hands) → palpar, tantear
2. (Med) → sondar
3. (= explore) → explorar
4. (= investigate) → investigar
the policeman kept probing meel policía siguió sondeándome
to probe a mysteryinvestigar un misterio
C. VIinvestigar
to probe into sb's pastinvestigar el pasado de algn
you should have probed more deeplydeberías haber llevado a cabo una investigación más a fondo

probe

[ˈprəʊb]
n
(= enquiry) → enquête f
a probe into sth → une enquête sur qch
(= instrument) → sonde f
(also space probe) → sonde f
vt
(= enquire into) → investiguer, enquêter sur
to be probed → être investigué(e)
to probe into sth → enquêter sur qch
[+ wound] → sonder
(= search) [+ place] → fouiller
vi [doctor, dentist] → sonder
to probe in a wound → sonder une plaie

probe

n
(= device)Sonde f
(= investigation)Untersuchung f (→ into +gen); a police probe revealed …Nachforschungen der Polizei ergaben
vtuntersuchen; (esp with device) → sondieren; space, sb’s past, subconscious, private lifeerforschen; mysteryergründen, erforschen
visuchen, forschen (for nach); (Med) → untersuchen (→ for auf +acc); (= inquire)forschen, bohren (for nach); to probe into a woundeine Wunde mit der Sonde untersuchen; to probe into somebody’s private life/somebody’s pastin jds Privatleben/Vergangenheit (dat)herumschnüffeln

probe

[prəʊb]
1. n
a. (Med, Space) → sonda
b. (inquiry) → indagine f, investigazione f
2. vt (hole, crack) → tastare (Med) → esplorare, sondare (Space) → esplorare (also probe into) → indagare su
the policeman kept probing me → il poliziotto continuò a farmi domande

probe

(prəub) noun
1. a long thin instrument used by doctors to examine a wound etc.
2. an investigation. a police probe into illegal activities.
verb
1. to investigate. He probed into her private life.
2. to examine (as if) with a probe. The doctor probed the wound; He probed about in the hole with a stick.

probe

n. sonda, instrumento flexible que se usa para explorar cavidades o conductos y para medir la penetración de una herida;
hollow ______ acanalada.
References in classic literature ?
From Estella she looked at me, with a searching glance that seemed to pry into my heart and probe its wounds.
As usual, when we probe into the history of a business that has grown great and overspread the earth, we find a Man; and the Western Electric is no exception to this rule.
My friend is just a little too sane at present to make it safe to probe him too deep with questions.
Should not a magistrate be not merely the best administrator of the law, but the most crafty expounder of the chicanery of his profession, a steel probe to search hearts, a touchstone to try the gold which in each soul is mingled with more or less of alloy?
He had time in which to wonder about himself and to attempt to probe his sensa- tions.
No, my Antonio," she breathed internally, "hover around me, shield me from impending dangers, delight me with your presence, and enchant me with your eye; but claim me in the guise of a gentleman and a hero, that no envious tongue may probe the secrets of our love, nor any profane scoffer ridicule those sensitive pleasures that he is too unsentimental to enjoy.
I believe, sir,” he said, “that a probe is not necessary; the shot has missed the bone, and has passed directly through the arm to the opposite side, where it remains but skin deep, and whence, I should think, it might he easily extracted.
Well, it behoved me to divine them, and to probe them, and that as soon as possible.
He began to probe a little farther, albeit with an aimlessness about his questions that almost frightened him.
I shall enter that cottage, and I shall probe the matter to the bottom.
Keggs shook his head deprecatingly, as one who, realizing his limitations, declines to attempt to probe the hidden sources of human actions.
He would have liked to probe into his soul so that he might see in its nakedness the dreadful dismay of the unknown which he suspected.