Definition of Probe

1. Noun. An inquiry into unfamiliar or questionable activities. "There was a congressional probe into the scandal"

Exact synonyms: Investigation
Generic synonyms: Enquiry, Inquiry, Research
Specialized synonyms: Fishing Expedition
Derivative terms: Investigate

2. Verb. Question or examine thoroughly and closely. "The men Probe for animals in the area"
Exact synonyms: Examine
Specialized synonyms: Enquire, Inquire, Investigate, Re-examine, Hear, Try
Generic synonyms: Investigate, Look Into
Derivative terms: Examination, Examination, Examination

3. Noun. A flexible slender surgical instrument with a blunt end that is used to explore wounds or body cavities.
Generic synonyms: Surgical Instrument

4. Verb. Examine physically with or as if with a probe. ; "Probe an anthill"
Exact synonyms: Dig Into, Poke Into
Generic synonyms: Penetrate, Perforate
Specialized synonyms: Gutter

5. Noun. An exploratory action or expedition.
Generic synonyms: Exploration

6. Noun. An investigation conducted using a flexible surgical instrument to explore an injury or a body cavity.
Generic synonyms: Research

Definition of Probe

1. v. t. To examine, as a wound, an ulcer, or some cavity of the body, with a probe.

2. n. 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.

Definition of Probe

1. Proper noun. a model of Ford automobile ¹

2. Noun. (surgery) Any of various medical instruments used to explore wounds, organs etc. (defdate from 15th c.) ¹

3. Noun. (figuratively) Something which penetrates something else, as though to explore; something which obtains information. (defdate from 17th c.) ¹

4. Noun. An act of probing; a prod, a poke. (defdate from 19th c.) ¹

5. Noun. (figuratively) An investigation or inquiry. (defdate from 20th c.) ¹

6. Noun. (aeronautics) A tube attached to an aircraft which can be fitted into the drogue from a tanker aircraft to allow for aerial refuelling. (defdate from 20th c.) ¹

7. Noun. (sciences) A small device, especially an electrode, used to explore, investigate or measure something by penetrating or being placed in it. (defdate from 20th c.) ¹

8. Noun. (astronautics) A small, usually unmanned, spacecraft used to acquire information or measurements about its surroundings. (defdate from 20th c.) ¹

9. Noun. (game of go) a move with multiple answers seeking to make the opponent choose and commit to a strategy ¹

10. Verb. (transitive intransitive) To explore, investigate, or question ¹

11. Verb. (transitive) To insert a probe into. ¹

¹ Source:

Definition of Probe

1. to investigate or examine thoroughly [v PROBED, PROBING, PROBES]

Probe Pictures

Click the following link to bring up a new window with an automated collection of images related to the term: Probe Images

Lexicographical Neighbors of Probe

probation officer
probationary period

Literary usage of Probe

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Proceedings by Philadelphia County Medical Society (1891)
"At 11 AM the doctors came, and Mr. Yarnall sent a man with the probe. Dr. Warder, Jr., etherized the patient, and Dr. Warder, Sr., enlarged the wound and ..."

2. The Medical and Surgical Reporter (1890)
"In the REPORTER, September 28, 1889, I described the Telephone probe, as consisting of a telephone, a probe and a battery. I again wish to speak of this ..."

3. The Science and Art of Surgery: Being a Treatise on Surgical Injuries by John Eric Erichsen (1869)
"The punctum admits only so very small a probe, that, when the nasal duct is in any way ... Thenceforward a sufficiently large probe can be passed, ..."

4. Galileo, the Tour Guide: A Summary of the Mission to Date edited by Jean H. Aichele (1997)
"There was no communication between orbiter and probe during the coast to Jupiter because the probe had no capability to receive radio signals. ..."

5. The Science and Art of Surgery: Being a Treatise on Surgical Injuries by John Eric Erichsen (1873)
"The probe is known to be in the sac by the resistance that is felt, and by the absence of an}' elasticity; and, when the lower lid is no longer kept on the ..."

6. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1831)
"The silver probe thus introduced, is raised, but can seldom be brought ... Thus, having a probe in the duct, bent at the distance of about an inch and a ..."

Other Resources Relating to: Probe

Search for Probe on!Search for Probe on!Search for Probe on Google!Search for Probe on Wikipedia!