A person putting a probe thermometer into a turkey to check the temperature for doneness.
- The definition of a probe is an investigation into something or a blunt surgical tool used for exploratory medical testing.
- An example of a probe is an investigation into who stole money from the petty cash jar.
- An example of a probe is a probe used to perform a colonoscopy.
- To probe is to explore or investigate something.
- An example of probe is when a scientists studies the origin of DNA.
- An example of probe is when the police investigate a case to learn the identity of the criminal.
- a slender, blunt surgical instrument for exploring a wound or the like
- the act of probing
- a searching examination; specif.,
- an investigation, as by a legislative committee, into corruption, etc.
- an exploratory advance or patrol
- an instrumented spacecraft for exploring the upper atmosphere, space, or a celestial body in order to get information about the environment, physical properties, etc.
- any of various devices, as a Pitot tube or electrode, inserted into an environment for measuring, testing, etc.
Origin of probeLate Latin proba, proof (in ML, examination) from Classical Latin probare, to test, prove from probus, good, proper from Indo-European an unverified form probhwos (from source Sanskrit prabhú?, outstanding) from base an unverified form pro, forward + an unverified form bh?, to grow from source be
transitive verbprobed, prob′ing
- to explore (a wound, etc.) with a probe
- to investigate or examine with great thoroughness
- a. A slender, flexible surgical instrument used to explore a wound or body cavity.b. An electrode or other device that can be placed inside something to take and convey measurements.c. A substance, such as DNA, that is radioactively labeled or otherwise marked and used to detect or identify another substance in a sample.d. A space probe.
- a. An exploratory action or expedition, especially one designed to investigate and obtain information on a remote or unknown region: the scouts' probe of enemy territory.b. The act of exploring or searching with a device or instrument: the surgeon's probe of the clogged artery.c. An investigation into unfamiliar matters or questionable activities; a penetrating inquiry: a congressional probe into price fixing; a reporter's probe into a public figure's past. See Synonyms at inquiry.
verbprobed, prob·ing, probes
- a. To penetrate or explore physically, especially with a probe, in order to find or discover something: “Chimpanzees use a variety of tools to probe termite mounds” ( Virginia Morell )b. To investigate by means of a chemical probe.
- a. To make an inquiry about (something); investigate or examine: probed the impact of technology on social behavior.b. To subject (a person) to questioning; interrogate.
- To make a physical search, especially by penetrating with a probe: birds probing in the sand for clams.
- To pose questions or conduct an investigation: The police are probing into what really happened.
Origin of probeMiddle English examination from Medieval Latin proba from Late Latin proof from Latin probāre to test from probus good ; see per1 in Indo-European roots.
- (surgery) Any of various medical instruments used to explore wounds, organs, etc. [from 15th c.]
- (figuratively) Something which penetrates something else, as though to explore; something which obtains information. [from 17th c.]
- An act of probing; a prod, a poke. [from 19th c.]
- (figuratively) An investigation or inquiry. [from 20th c.]
- They launched a probe into the cause of the accident.
- (aeronautics) A tube attached to an aircraft which can be fitted into the drogue from a tanker aircraft to allow for aerial refuelling. [from 20th c.]
- (sciences) A small device, especially an electrode, used to explore, investigate or measure something by penetrating or being placed in it. [from 20th c.]
- Insert the probe into the soil and read the temperature.
- (astronautics) A small, usually unmanned, spacecraft used to acquire information or measurements about its surroundings. [from 20th c.]
- (game of Go) a move with multiple answers seeking to make the opponent choose and commit to a strategy
(third-person singular simple present probes, present participle probing, simple past and past participle probed)
- (intransitive) To explore, investigate, or question
- If you probe further, you may discover different reasons.
- To insert a probe into.
For verb: Latin probare (“to test, examine, prove"), from probus (“good").
probe - Computer Definition
Any online effort, such as a request, program, or transaction, intended to get data about a computer’s or a network’s state. For example, a person can conduct a probe of the network by sending an “empty” message to determine whether a destination really exists.
See Also: Network.
Symantec Security Response. Glossary. [Online, July 15, 2004.] Symantec Security Response Website. http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/refa.html.
A small utility program that is used to investigate, or test, the status of a system, network or website. Probes are mostly used for lawful purposes to determine if a device is functional. They can also be used by crackers to locate weaknesses in the system. A Web probe analyzes a website and reports data such as response time, security protocols supported and type of Web server. See ping.