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probe

probe

 
 
pronunciation:
prob
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: probed, probes, probing
definition 1: to delve into deeply or thoroughly.
Her question probed my thinking on the matter.This is one news program that really probes the issues.
synonyms:
delve into, examine, explore, investigate, plumb, scrutinize
similar words:
inspect, penetrate, sound out
definition 2: to examine or investigate with, or as if with, a probe.
The doctor probed my ear.
synonyms:
examine, explore, investigate, prod
similar words:
hunt, inspect, penetrate, plumb, poke, rummage, search, test
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to make an examination or investigation with, or as if with, a probe; search deeply.
They may probe, but they will discover nothing.
synonyms:
delve, explore, search
similar words:
hunt, inquire, investigate, penetrate, quest, question, rummage, seek, sift, sound
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: an instrument used to explore the depth, shape, or condition of something that cannot be viewed directly, esp. a thin surgical instrument used to examine a wound or body cavity.
The doctor used a probe to examine the woman's throat.
synonyms:
sound
similar words:
instrument
definition 2: the act or an instance of examining or investigating, esp. in search of evidence of crimes, wrongdoing by officials, or the like.
The FBI's probe into the affair has turned up nothing so far.
synonyms:
examination, inquiry, investigation, scrutiny
similar words:
exploration, hunt, inquest, inspection, quest, research, review, search, study
definition 3: any of various devices used to reach, extend, or explore into areas of difficult access, usu. to provide information or to aid in regulating some process.
The ship sent out a probe to collect rock samples.
similar words:
feeler, satellite, tester
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derivations: probeable (adj.), prober (n.)