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Dictionary Definition

probe

Noun

1 an inquiry into unfamiliar or questionable activities; "there was a congressional probe into the scandal" [syn: investigation]
2 a flexible slender surgical instrument used to explore wounds or body cavities
3 an exploratory action or expedition
4 an investigation conducted using a probe instrument

Verb

1 question or examine thoroughly and closely [syn: examine]
2 examine physically with or as if with a probe; "probe an anthill" [syn: dig into, poke into]

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English

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. a device, or part of a device, used to explore, investigate or measure
    Insert the probe into the soil and read the temperature.
  2. an investigation or inquiry
    They launched a probe into the cause of the accident.
  3. a move with multiple answers seeking to make the opponent choose and commit to a strategy

Translations

used to explore, investigate or measure
investigation or inquiry

Synonyms

Verb

  1. In the context of "transitive|intransitive": To explore, investigate, or question
    If you probe further, you may discover different reasons.

Translations

to explore, investigate, or question

Extensive Definition

Probe may refer to:
In electronics:
  • Robotic probe, a robot that uses onboard instruments to gather and relay a variety of telemetry to controllers from high in the sky, hazardous or otherwise difficult to reach locations
  • Probe card, an interface between an electronic test system and a semiconductor wafer
  • Test probe, a device used to test electronic equipment
  • SS7 probe, a device that extracts SS7 signaling information from telecommunications networks
In science:
  • Hybridization probe, a nucleic acid used for the detection of complementary nucleic acid sequences
  • Langmuir probe, a device that uses electrodes inserted into plasma to measure electron temperature, electron density, and plasma potential
  • Atom probe, an atomic-resolution microscope
  • A class of surgical instruments used to explore inside the human body
In media:
Probe may also be:
probe in Danish: Sonde
probe in German: Sonde
probe in Esperanto: Sondilo
probe in French: Sonde
probe in Dutch: Sonde
probe in Japanese: プローブ
probe in Polish: Sonda
probe in Russian: Зонд
probe in Slovenian: Sonda
probe in Turkish: Sonda
probe in Ukrainian: Зонд

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