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Princeton's WordNet

  1. probe, investigation(noun)

    an inquiry into unfamiliar or questionable activities

    "there was a congressional probe into the scandal"

  2. probe(noun)

    a flexible slender surgical instrument with a blunt end that is used to explore wounds or body cavities

  3. probe(noun)

    an exploratory action or expedition

  4. probe(verb)

    an investigation conducted using a flexible surgical instrument to explore an injury or a body cavity

  5. probe, examine(verb)

    question or examine thoroughly and closely

  6. probe, dig into, poke into(verb)

    examine physically with or as if with a probe

    "probe an anthill"


  1. probe(Noun)

    Any of various medical instruments used to explore wounds, organs etc.

    Etymology: For verb: probare, from probus.

  2. probe(Noun)

    Something which penetrates something else, as though to explore; something which obtains information.

    Etymology: For verb: probare, from probus.

  3. probe(Noun)

    An act of probing; a prod, a poke.

    Etymology: For verb: probare, from probus.

  4. probe(Noun)

    An investigation or inquiry.

    They launched a probe into the cause of the accident.

    Etymology: For verb: probare, from probus.

  5. probe(Noun)

    A tube attached to an aircraft which can be fitted into the drogue from a tanker aircraft to allow for aerial refuelling.

    Etymology: For verb: probare, from probus.

  6. probe(Noun)

    A small device, especially an electrode, used to explore, investigate or measure something by penetrating or being placed in it.

    Insert the probe into the soil and read the temperature.

    Etymology: For verb: probare, from probus.

  7. probe(Noun)

    A small, usually unmanned, spacecraft used to acquire information or measurements about its surroundings.

    Etymology: For verb: probare, from probus.

  8. probe(Noun)

    a move with multiple answers seeking to make the opponent choose and commit to a strategy

    Etymology: For verb: probare, from probus.

  9. probe(Verb)

    To explore, investigate, or question

    If you probe further, you may discover different reasons.

    Etymology: For verb: probare, from probus.

  10. probe(Verb)

    To insert a probe into.

    Etymology: For verb: probare, from probus.

  11. Probe(ProperNoun)

    a model of Ford automobile

    Etymology: For verb: probare, from probus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Probe(verb)

    to examine, as a wound, an ulcer, or some cavity of the body, with a probe

    Etymology: [L. probare to try, examine. See Prove.]

  2. Probe(verb)

    fig.: to search to the bottom; to scrutinize or examine thoroughly

    Etymology: [L. probare to try, examine. See Prove.]

  3. Probe(noun)

    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

    Etymology: [L. probare to try, examine. See Prove.]


  1. Probe

    Probe Profiles was a Philippine public affairs program being aired on ABS-CBN and on its sister cable channel, the ANC. It is hosted by Cheche Lazaro and is produced by Probe Productions Inc., under a joint co-production agreement with ABS-CBN. The show, considered as the pioneer television news-magazine in the Philippines, started airing in 1987 on ABS-CBN, with Lazaro, Maria Ressa, and Luchi Cruz-Valdez at the helm. After nine months, it moved to GMA Network as a blocktimer. It was in GMA where The Probe Team had its longest run in its history. The show recently ended on June 30, 2010.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Probe

    prōb, n. a proof or trial: a long, thin instrument for examining a wound, &c.: that which tries or probes.—v.t. to examine with or as with a probe: to examine thoroughly.—n.pl. Probe′-sciss′ors, scissors used to open wounds, the blade having a button at the end. [L. probāre, to prove.]

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. 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.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. probe

    A surgical sounder.--To probe. To inquire thoroughly into a matter.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'probe' in Nouns Frequency: #2513

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of probe in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of probe in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of probe in a Sentence

  1. Donald Trump.Andrew Janz:

    We feel like Devin Nunes is the one person that is really standing in the way of the( FBI Special Counsel) Robert Mueller investigation, we think people deserve to know what happened to our elections in 2016 and what is happening in 2018. And every day my opponent is out there trying to undermine federal law enforcement, the special prosecutors probe and really working for Trump instead of the American people.

  2. Imran Khan:

    All the parties had called for Panama probe in National Assembly. To seek justice is the only aspiration behind this struggle.

  3. Ali Mottahari:

    The only work of the Assembly of Experts should not be to elect the Leader, god willing, the leader of the revolution will be alive for many years. But they need to do their own work, to enquire and probe and inspect.

  4. Cory Booker:

    What I want right now is for us to when it comes to Brett Kavanaugh... to wait until this Mueller probe is done, no American citizen should be able to choose the person who will be judging them when they are subject to a criminal investigation should those matters come before that judge.

  5. Ted Williams:

    SALT is now living up to expectations, producing high-quality science data that probe the far reaches of the universe.

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  • مسبار, مِسْبَارArabic
  • průzkum, sonda, prošetřeníCzech
  • SondeGerman
  • καθετήρας, αναδιφώ, ερευνώ, καθετηριάζωGreek
  • tienta, sondeo, sondear, sonda, sondarSpanish
  • selvitys, luotain, sondi, tiedustella, tutkimus, koetin, anturi, tutkia, tunnustellaFinnish
  • sonde, enquête, percheFrench
  • iarrScottish Gaelic
  • חקירה, בדיקה, זונדה, מחקרHebrew
  • հետաքննություն, զոնդArmenian
  • sonda, investigare, inchiesta, investigazioneItalian
  • בדיקהHebrew
  • 調査, 探針, 探査機, 調査するJapanese
  • გამოკვლევა, ზონდიGeorgian
  • 탐사기Korean
  • averso specillo diducendumLatin
  • zondasLithuanian
  • rou, whakaoreore, oreMāori
  • sondeDutch
  • sonde, undersøke, utforskeNorwegian
  • щуп, зондирование, автомати́ческая межплане́тная ста́нция, зонд, расследовать, зондировать, АМС, исследование, расследование, исследоватьRussian
  • utforska, sondSwedish
  • تحقیقاتUrdu
  • thăm dòVietnamese
  • זאָנדYiddish

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    (used especially of glances) directed to one side with or as if with doubt or suspicion or envy
    • A. askant
    • B. inexpiable
    • C. motile
    • D. irascible

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