noun \ˈprōb\

: a careful examination or investigation of something

: a thin, long instrument that is used especially for examining parts of the body

Full Definition of PROBE

:  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

  1. The FBI probe did not produce any new evidence.
  2. <a congressional probe into the accusations>

Origin of PROBE

Medieval Latin proba examination, from Latin probare
First Known Use: 1580

Other Aeronautics/Aerospace Terms

airway, apron, corridor, dirigible, fishtail, flat-hat, vector

Rhymes with PROBE



: 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


Full Definition of PROBE

transitive verb
:  to search into and explore very thoroughly :  subject to a penetrating investigation
:  to examine with a probe <unmanned vehicles probed space>
intransitive verb
:  to make a searching exploratory investigation
prob·er noun

Examples of PROBE

  1. His questions made it clear he was probing for information.
  2. He didn't like the police probing into his past.
  3. He didn't like the police probing him about his past.
  4. The doctor probed the wound with his finger.
  5. Searchers probed the mud with long poles.
  6. She probed the files for evidence that would help the investigation.

First Known Use of PROBE



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