What does probe mean?

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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. Eric Idle:

    At least one way of measuring the freedom of any society is the amount of comedy that is permitted, and clearly a healthy society permits more satirical comment than a repressive, so that if comedy is to function in some way as a safety release then it must obviously deal with these taboo areas. This is part of the responsibility we accord our licensed jesters, that nothing be excused the searching light of comedy. If anything can survive the probe of humour it is clearly of value, and conversely all groups who claim immunity from laughter are claiming special privileges which should not be granted.

  2. The CCDI:

    When it conducts its probe, it will focus on just one particular area, such as property development and land transfer in the city or county, it will seek to find out whether the local party or government leaders have taken bribes from private developers.

  3. Paul Davies:

    How likely is it that alien probe would be on one of these co-orbitals, obviously extremely unlikely, but if it costs very little to go take a look, why not? Even if we dont find E.T., we might find something of interest.

  4. Erin Kara:

    Tidal disruption events offer us this rare view at the most common kind of supermassive black hole in the universe— these so-called dormant supermassive black holes, tidal disruption events, where the stellar debris causes the formation of a temporary accretion disk, offers us a way to probe this population of supermassive black holes.

  5. Ray Jayawardhana:

    Half a century later, returning to the moon is overdue, i would hope that it is a sustained effort, a long-term national commitment, one that also involves international partnerships and public-private collaborations. A multidimensional lunar program would be quite exciting. Apollo 11 landed on the moon five years after the first American robotic probe reached the surface. And this is an ambitious goal in the foreseeable future that rallies science, technology and the human spirit together.

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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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