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[prohb] /proʊb/
verb (used with object), probed, probing.
1.
to search into or examine thoroughly; question closely:
to probe one's conscience.
2.
to examine or explore with a probe.
verb (used without object), probed, probing.
3.
to examine or explore with or as if with a probe.
noun
4.
the act of probing.
5.
a slender surgical instrument for exploring the depth or direction of a wound, sinus, or the like.
6.
an investigation, especially by a legislative committee, of suspected illegal activity.
7.
Aerospace. space probe.
8.
a projecting, pipelike device on a receiving aircraft used to make connection with and receive fuel from a tanker aircraft during refueling in flight.
9.
a device, attached by cord to an oven, that can be inserted into roasts or other food so that the oven shuts off when the desired internal temperature of the food is reached.
10.
Biology. any identifiable substance that is used to detect, isolate, or identify another substance, as a labeled strand of DNA that hybridizes with its complementary RNA or a monoclonal antibody that combines with a specific protein.
Origin
1555-1565
1555-65; (noun) < Medieval Latin proba examination, Late Latin: test, derivative of probāre (see prove); (v.) partly derivative of the noun, partly < Latin probāre. See proof
Related forms
probeable, adjective
prober, noun
reprobe, verb, reprobed, reprobing.
unprobed, adjective
Synonyms
1. investigate, scrutinize.
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  • Since then, researchers have been probing how such a sunstone might have worked.
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  • Rather, researchers were probing on a far smaller scale, investigating the life expectancy of subatomic quarks.
British Dictionary definitions for probing

probe

/prəʊb/
verb
1.
(transitive) to search into or question closely
2.
to examine (something) with or as if with a probe
noun
3.
something that probes, examines, or tests
4.
(surgery) a slender and usually flexible instrument for exploring a wound, sinus, etc
5.
a thorough inquiry, such as one by a newspaper into corrupt practices
6.
(electronics) a lead connecting to or containing a measuring or monitoring circuit used for testing
7.
(electronics) a conductor inserted into a waveguide or cavity resonator to provide coupling to an external circuit
8.
any of various devices that provide a coupling link, esp a flexible tube extended from an aircraft to link it with another so that it can refuel
9.
Derived Forms
probeable, adjective
prober, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Medieval Latin proba investigation, from Latin probāre to test
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Word Origin and History for probing

probe

n.

early 15c., "instrument for exploring wounds, etc.," also "an examination," from Medieval Latin proba "examination," in Late Latin "a test, proof," from Latin probare (see prove). Meaning "act of probing" is 1890, from the verb; figurative sense of "penetrating investigation" is from 1903. Meaning "small, unmanned exploratory craft" is attested from 1953.

v.

1640s, originally figurative; "to search thoroughly, interrogate;" from probe (n.) and partly from Latin probare. Literal sense of "to examine with a probe" is from 1680s. Related: Probed; probing; probingly.

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probing in Medicine

probe (prōb)
n.
A slender flexible surgical instrument with a blunt bulbous tip, used to explore a wound or body cavity. v. probed, prob·ing, probes
To explore a wound or body cavity with a probe.

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