|1.||(tr) to examine or investigate, esp systematically|
|2.||to travel to or into (unfamiliar or unknown regions), esp for organized scientific purposes|
|3.||(tr) med to examine (an organ or part) for diagnostic purposes|
|4.||obsolete (tr) to search for or out|
|[C16: from Latin explōrāre, from |
explorer ex·plor·er (ĭk-splôr'ər)
A sharp, pointed probe used on tooth surfaces to detect caries or other defects.