• WordNet 3.6
    • v probe question or examine thoroughly and closely
    • v probe examine physically with or as if with a probe "probe an anthill"
    • n probe an investigation conducted using a flexible surgical instrument to explore an injury or a body cavity
    • n probe an exploratory action or expedition
    • n probe a flexible slender surgical instrument with a blunt end that is used to explore wounds or body cavities
    • n probe an inquiry into unfamiliar or questionable activities "there was a congressional probe into the scandal"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: When the Galileo Probe entered Jupiter's atmosphere, it was traveling at a speed of 106,000 miles per hour. This is the fastest impact speed ever achieved by a man-made object.
    • n Probe (Surg) An instrument for examining the depth or other circumstances of a wound, ulcer, or cavity, or the direction of a sinus, of for exploring for bullets, for stones in the bladder, etc.
    • Probe Fig.: to search to the bottom; to scrutinize or examine thoroughly. "The growing disposition to probe the legality of all acts, of the crown."
    • Probe To examine, as a wound, an ulcer, or some cavity of the body, with a probe.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In 1959, the Soviet space probe "Luna Two" became the first manmade object to reach the moon as it crashed onto the lunar surface.
    • probe To examine with or as with a probe; explore, as a wound or other cavity, especially of the body: often used of searching for some extraneous object in a part or organ by means of an instrument thrust into it.
    • probe Figuratively, to search to the bottom; scrutinize; examine thoroughly into.
    • probe To prick, as a sealed can, so as to allow the compressed air or gas within to escape.
    • n probe A proof; a trial; a test.
    • n probe A printer's proof.
    • n probe In surgery, a slender flexible rod of silver or other substance for examining the conditions of a wound or other cavity, or the direction of a sinus.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The final resting-place for Dr. Eugene Shoemaker - the Moon. The famed U.S. Geological Survey astronomer, trained the Apollo astronauts about craters, but never made it into space. Mr. Shoemaker had wanted to be an astronaut but was rejected because of a medical problem. His ashes were placed on board the Lunar Prospector spacecraft before it was launched on January 6, 1998. NASA crashed the probe into a crater on the moon in an attempt to learn if there is water on the moon.
    • n Probe prōb a proof or trial: a long, thin instrument for examining a wound, &c.: that which tries or probes
    • v.t Probe to examine with or as with a probe: to examine thoroughly
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  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “The highest happiness of man is to have probed what is knowable and quietly to revere what is unknowable.”
  • Hubert H. Humphrey
    “The essence of statesmanship is not a rigid adherence to the past, but a prudent and probing concern for the future.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. probare, to try, examine. See Prove


In literature:

The probing of nature to discover her secrets.
"Halcyone" by Elinor Glyn
It was the quiet time when one may most easily probe an intense experience.
"Atlantic Monthly, Vol. XII. September, 1863, No. LXXI." by Various
He could probe the depths of their minds, he thought, in a single evening.
"The Last Shot" by Frederick Palmer
How else could he justify the scene at Field, when he had so brusquely probed her secret anxieties for Philip?
"Lady Merton, Colonist" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
All is vain, when 'tis probed, And Alenn lies dead of her black arts disrobed.
"A Celtic Psaltery" by Alfred Perceval Graves
Art thou to probe the seat of mine annoy?
"The Seven Plays in English Verse" by Sophocles
Later he would go into this newest mystery and probe it to the bottom.
"The Taming of Red Butte Western" by Francis Lynde
Probing along with the oar I found a cove and a shallow bottom, and there I beached our craft with a great shove.
"Lazarre" by Mary Hartwell Catherwood
In Philadelphia I was their cold and scientific investigator, with microscope and probe.
"Darkwater" by W. E. B. Du Bois
He watched her probe the wound, saw her eyes narrow, knew that she had made her diagnosis.
"The Bells of San Juan" by Jackson Gregory
But we probed deeper, and discovered that the purely American communities, such as Rhode Island, were the most corrupt of all.
"The Profits of Religion, Fifth Edition" by Upton Sinclair
He'll probe you if you don't.
"Empire Builders" by Francis Lynde
A probe in a fresh direction might reach a more vulnerable spot.
"The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow" by Anna Katharine Green
Clinically, carious bone yields a soft grating sensation under the pressure of the probe.
"Manual of Surgery" by Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
He righted himself, physically and mentally, and began to probe tentatively in this new part of his mind.
"Warlord of Kor" by Terry Gene Carr
They probed into, and tinkered with the dark regions of the locomotive, but to no effect.
"Sixteen Months in Four German Prisons" by Henry Charles Mahoney
The surgeon can readily distinguish between healthy and unhealthy bone by the use of a probe.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce
Radar probed the space formation, but enemies of the fleet and the Platform very wisely did no more than probe.
"Space Tug" by Murray Leinster
Each felt the probing, questioning feelers of her thought prying into the deepest recesses of his mind.
"Masters of Space" by Edward Elmer Smith
Then, weapons probing toward the house, they waited.
"The Best Made Plans" by Everett B. Cole

In poetry:

Who dare an holy God address,
With an unholy righteousness?
Who can endure his awful probe,
Without perfection for their robe?
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. I." by Ralph Erskine
The restless, fiercely probing mind
No honey gleans, though still it stings.
What comfort doth the spirit find
In Reason's endless reasonings?
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
He spoke in whispers; his furtive glance
Probing the depths of the garden shade.
The man came closer, with eyes askance,
The child beside them shivered, afraid.
"Story" by Laurence Hope
Then he remembered the mysterious sleep,
The surgeon fingers probing at the bone,
The voice so far away, so rich and deep:
"It is not good for him to live alone."
"Imperial Adam" by A D Hope
The baffled sleeper hears th' incessant whine
Through his tormented dreams, and finds no rest
The thirsty insects use his blood for wine,
Probe his blue veins and pasture on his breast.
"Malaria" by Laurence Hope
And if there were no Voice to say,
"Go thou, and sin no more!
Love, that forgives, can all restore;
Thou art made whole!" — could any stay
Heart-bare beneath truth's probing ray,
Unscathed by terrors sore?
"Purified." by Lucy Larcom

In news:

Reporter Held in Contempt of Court Again in Leaks Probe.
Another Cooperator Revealed in Online Gambling Probe.
Democrats Should Agree To Legislative Probe Of ' Corrosive ' Donovan Campaign Scandal.
Explorer Jean-Michel Cousteau Probes Depths of Oil Spill's Impact.
SciGene's CytoBond removable coverslip sealant is a gel-like material superior to rubber cement for temporary sealing of coverslips when incubating FISH/CISH probes with tissue samples.
A federal probe of Peregrine Financial Group Inc.'s $220 million shortfall in customer funds focuses on whether Russell Wasendorf Sr.
EU Probes Sale of Cigarettes to Syrians.
Saturn's moon Titan has soft and crusty surface, probe finds.
Former Harrisburg financial custodian calls for criminal probe.
Marlins Stadium Deal Now the Target of Federal SEC Probe.
Cousin of Colombian President Arrested in Death Squad Probe.
Police probe death of man found in median.
'Magic City' Creator Mitch Glazer on Probing His Past and an Uncomfortable Political Storyline (Q&A).
CHRB Probes Mistake in A Gleam Finish Order.
UN votes for probe into Gaza war crimes.

In science:

Furthermore, in addition to tightening the constraints, using independent probes will allow one to test the systematic errors of each probe, which are serious limiting factors in these studies.
Probing decisive answers to dark energy questions from cosmic complementarity and lensing tomography
This is analogous to the picture we have of probe D-branes in AdS/CFT - and the messager particles are the analogues of the fluctuations of strings stretched between the main set of branes and the SM (probe) branes.
Holography and Brane-bulk Energy Exchange
The method in adds one probe qubit to the system, performs U n , and uses two additional onequbit gates to transfer the trace of U n to the probe qubit.
Intermediate quantum maps for quantum computation
Recently, a design was presented , for an optimized entangling probe attacking the BB84 Protocol of quantum key distribution (QKD) and yielding maximum information to the probe.
Conclusive Entangling Probe
The measurement basis for the symmetric von Neumann pro jective measurement of the probe must be orthogonal and symmetric about the correlated probe states, |σ+ i and |σ− i, in the two-dimensional Hilbert space of the probe .
Conclusive Entangling Probe
In this way the entangling probe can be tuned to the chosen error rate to be induced by the probe.
Conclusive Entangling Probe
This definition is different from the usual collective attack in quantum cryptography : in the latter, following the application of identical probes to each qubit/qumode, a joint quantum measurement on all the probes is allowed.
Quantum Noise Randomized Ciphers
One of the problems with this approach is that of the so-called “bright” mismatches, for which the fluorescence intensity measured from a MM probe is higher than that from the corresponding PM probe.
Comment on: ``Solving the riddle of the bright mismatches: Labeling and effective binding in oligonucleotide arrays"
Setting β = 0.5 probes only the densest parts of the cloud and its fragments, while setting β = 2/χ probes the whole cloud including its low density envelope, and regions where only a small percentage of cloud material is mixed into the ambient medium.
The turbulent destruction of clouds - I. A k-epsilon treatment of turbulence in 2D models of adiabatic shock-cloud interactions
Probe G1 is separated from the TATA box by a buffer region which contains 7 bases, while probe G2 is adjacent to the TATA box, in the 5′ direction of the DNA strand.
Experimental and theoretical studies of sequence effects on the fluctuation and melting of short DNA molecules
Above this temperature, the second stage is a sharp decrease of the closing probability of probe G1 which is due to the melting transition, and occurs at the same temperature as for probe G2 .
Experimental and theoretical studies of sequence effects on the fluctuation and melting of short DNA molecules
The cryo-probe provides enhanced sensitivity and associated improved signal-to-noise ratio but the high quality factor of the probe resonant circuit leads to phase-transient and radiation damping effects.
Randomized benchmarking of single and multi-qubit control in liquid-state NMR quantum information processing
For this reason, X-ray observations can probe much lower bolometric luminosities than the optical. Current deep X-ray surveys probe factors of 100-1000 fainter down the luminosity function than SDSS, at or around L* at z=1-3, where typical objects reside and the bulk of the accretion power is produced.
The Growth of Supermassive Black Holes Across Cosmic Time
Using pre-designed network coding and probe packets, they show that the sources can use fewer probe packets than traditional tomography schemes based on routing.
Passive network tomography for erroneous networks: A network coding approach
The uniform in-plane field B(cid:107) , applied to the rippled topography of graphene, leads to a random surface-normal field δB⊥ . (b) Schematics of graphene devices A (left) and B (right), showing orientation of applied fields B(cid:107) , B⊥ , and electrical measurement setups (two-probe for A, multi-probe for B).
Rippled Graphene in an In-Plane Magnetic Field: Effects of a Random Vector Potential