What does probe mean?

Definitions for probeproʊb

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word probe.

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.

  2. probe(Noun)

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

  3. probe(Noun)

    An act of probing; a prod, a poke.

  4. probe(Noun)

    An investigation or inquiry.

    They launched a probe into the cause of the accident.

  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.

  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.

  7. probe(Noun)

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

  8. probe(Noun)

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

  9. probe(Verb)

    To explore, investigate, or question

    If you probe further, you may discover different reasons.

  10. probe(Verb)

    To insert a probe into.

  11. Probe(ProperNoun)

    a model of Ford automobile

  12. Origin: 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

  2. Probe(verb)

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

  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

  4. Origin: [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.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. President Trump:

    Report : ‘ ANTI-TRUMP FBI AGENT LED CLINTON EMAIL PROBE ’ Now it all starts to make sense !

  2. The Polish treasury ministry:

    The EC signalled there is high risk of launching a probe against Poland due to illegal public aide.

  3. Eric Chaffee:

    You're always dealing with circumstantial evidence. We don't have the ability to probe people's minds.

  4. Civil Aviation Minister Hossam Kemal:

    This is all speculation. There is nothing definitive until the investigation commission completes its probe.

  5. James Earl Jimmy Carter, Jr.:

    If you fear making anyone mad, then you ultimately probe for the lowest common denominator of human achievement.

Images & Illustrations of probe

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Translations for probe

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • 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
  • zondasLithuanian
  • rou, whakaoreore, oreMāori
  • sondeDutch
  • sonde, undersøke, utforskeNorwegian
  • щуп, зондирование, автомати́ческая межплане́тная ста́нция, зонд, расследовать, зондировать, АМС, исследование, расследование, исследоватьRussian
  • utforska, sondSwedish
  • thăm dòVietnamese
  • זאָנדYiddish

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