: a slender medical instrument used especially for exploration (as of a wound or body cavity)
a : any of various testing devices or substances: as (1) : a pointed metal tip for making electrical contact with a circuit element being checked (2) : a usually small object that is inserted into something so as to test conditions at a given point (3) : a device used to penetrate or send back information especially from outer space or a celestial body (4) : a device (as an ultrasound generator) or a substance (as radioactively labeled DNA) used to obtain specific information for diagnostic or experimental purposes
b : a pipe on the receiving airplane thrust into the drogue of the delivering airplane in air refueling
a : the action of probing
b : a penetrating or critical investigation
c : a tentative exploratory advance or survey
Examples of PROBE
- The FBI probe did not produce any new evidence.
- <a congressional probe into the accusations>
Origin of PROBE
Medieval Latin proba
examination, from Latin probare
First Known Use: 1580
Related to PROBE
- delving, disquisition, examen, examination, exploration, inquest, inquisition, investigation, probation, inquiry, probing, research, study
Other Aeronautics/Aerospace Terms
: to ask a lot of questions in order to find secret or hidden information about someone or something
: to touch or reach into (something) by using your finger, a long tool, etc., in order to see or find something
: to look into or examine (something) carefully
: to search into and explore very thoroughly : subject to a penetrating investigation
: to examine with a probe <unmanned vehicles probed space>
: to make a searching exploratory investigation
— prob·er noun
Examples of PROBE
- His questions made it clear he was probing for information.
- He didn't like the police probing into his past.
- He didn't like the police probing him about his past.
- The doctor probed the wound with his finger.
- Searchers probed the mud with long poles.
- She probed the files for evidence that would help the investigation.
First Known Use of PROBE
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