What does probe mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. probe, investigationnoun

    an inquiry into unfamiliar or questionable activities

    "there was a congressional probe into the scandal"

  2. probenoun

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

  3. probenoun

    an exploratory action or expedition

  4. probeverb

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

  5. probe, examineverb

    question or examine thoroughly and closely

  6. probe, dig into, poke intoverb

    examine physically with or as if with a probe

    "probe an anthill"


  1. probenoun

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

    Etymology: For verb: probare, from probus.

  2. probenoun

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

    Etymology: For verb: probare, from probus.

  3. probenoun

    An act of probing; a prod, a poke.

    Etymology: For verb: probare, from probus.

  4. probenoun

    An investigation or inquiry.

    They launched a probe into the cause of the accident.

    Etymology: For verb: probare, from probus.

  5. probenoun

    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. probenoun

    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. probenoun

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

    Etymology: For verb: probare, from probus.

  8. probenoun

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

    Etymology: For verb: probare, from probus.

  9. probeverb

    To explore, investigate, or question

    If you probe further, you may discover different reasons.

    Etymology: For verb: probare, from probus.

  10. probeverb

    To insert a probe into.

    Etymology: For verb: probare, from probus.

  11. Probenoun

    a model of Ford automobile

    Etymology: For verb: probare, from probus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Probeverb

    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. Probeverb

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

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

  3. Probenoun

    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. Heather Cho:

    Regardless of the (ongoing) probe by the transport ministry and prosecutors, I will have Heather Cho step down from not only vice president at Korean Air but all posts at affiliates.

  2. Donald Trump:

    -- which happens all the time in a court of law. So the idea that Trump can't talk to Mueller because it's possible he had a differing understanding of what he told Comey is a red herring.Like what youre reading?Check out the latest analysis from The Point with Chris Cillizza:Rudy Giuliani's Sunday show appearance was a total disasterTrump rewrites history as Russia probe pressure mountsMichael Avenatti is no Donald Trump. Not even close.The definitive ranking of 2020 DemocratsThis week in politics, GIF'dSecond, not all.

  3. Alexei Smertin:

    The Russian Football Union is ready to take an active part in it (the FIFA probe) and is already conducting an internal investigation.

  4. The Polish treasury ministry:

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

  5. Mukaibar Shah:

    Probe should be started against the media that has reported about rising Covid cases in schools to dig out its actual source of funding the program and the culprit behind it.

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  • مِسْبَار, مسبارArabic
  • prošetření, sonda, průzkumCzech
  • SondeGerman
  • ερευνώ, καθετήρας, καθετηριάζω, αναδιφώGreek
  • sondear, sonda, sondar, sondeo, tientaSpanish
  • tiedustella, sondi, anturi, koetin, tutkia, luotain, tunnustella, tutkimus, selvitysFinnish
  • enquête, perche, sondeFrench
  • iarrScottish Gaelic
  • בדיקה, חקירה, מחקר, זונדהHebrew
  • հետաքննություն, զոնդArmenian
  • inchiesta, investigare, investigazione, sondaItalian
  • בדיקהHebrew
  • 探針, 探査機, 調査, 調査するJapanese
  • გამოკვლევა, ზონდიGeorgian
  • 탐사기Korean
  • averso specillo diducendumLatin
  • zondasLithuanian
  • ore, whakaoreore, rouMāori
  • sondeDutch
  • undersøke, sonde, utforskeNorwegian
  • АМС, щуп, зондирование, автомати́ческая межплане́тная ста́нция, зонд, расследовать, зондировать, исследование, расследование, исследоватьRussian
  • sond, utforskaSwedish
  • تحقیقاتUrdu
  • thăm dòVietnamese
  • זאָנדYiddish

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