probe
I. noun Etymology: Medieval Latin proba examination, from Latin probare Date: 1580 1. a slender medical instrument used especially for exploration (as of a wound or body cavity) 2. 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 3. a. the action of probing b. a penetrating or critical investigation c. a tentative exploratory advance or survey II. verb (probed; probing) Date: 1649 transitive verb 1. to search into and explore very thoroughly ; subject to a penetrating investigation 2. to examine with a probe <
unmanned vehicles probed space
>
intransitive verb to make a searching exploratory investigation Synonyms: see enterprober noun

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  • Probe — »Prüfung, Untersuchung; Beweisverfahren; Bewährung‹sversuch›; Muster, Teststück; (die einer künstlerischen Darbietung vorausgehende) Probeaufführung«: Das seit dem 15. Jh. bezeugte Substantiv ist aus mlat. proba »Prüfung, Untersuchung;… …   Das Herkunftswörterbuch

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  • probe — ► NOUN 1) a blunt ended surgical instrument for exploring a wound or part of the body. 2) a small measuring or testing device, especially an electrode. 3) an investigation. 4) (also space probe) an unmanned exploratory spacecraft. ► VERB 1)… …   English terms dictionary

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