probe


probe
probe noun.
The meaning that has come to the fore in recent usage, especially in the language of newspapers, is the one given first in the current (2006) edition of the Concise Oxford Dictionary as ‘an investigation into a crime or other matter’. Its appeal to journalists lies largely in its brevity and consequent suitability for use in headlines. The earliest meaning historically is ‘a blunt-ended surgical instrument used for exploring a wound or part of the body’, and from this developed technical uses in aviation and space exploration.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • Probe — Probe, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Probed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Probing}.] [L. probare to try, examine. See {Prove}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To examine, as a wound, an ulcer, or some cavity of the body, with a probe. [1913 Webster] 2. Fig.: to search to the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Probe — Probe, n. (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. Parr. [1913 Webster] {Probe scissors}, or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Probe — Probe, aus einem stückigen, körnigen oder pulverigen Material entnommene kleine Quantität, welche die durchschnittliche Beschaffenheit des gesamten Materials besitzt. Läßt man Proben an verschiedenen Stellen des Materials mit der Hand entnehmen… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • probe# — probe n investigation, *inquiry, inquisition, inquest, research probe vb pierce, penetrate, *enter Analogous words: examine, inspect, *scrutinize: *prove, try, test …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Probe — »Prüfung, Untersuchung; Beweisverfahren; Bewährung‹sversuch›; Muster, Teststück; (die einer künstlerischen Darbietung vorausgehende) Probeaufführung«: Das seit dem 15. Jh. bezeugte Substantiv ist aus mlat. proba »Prüfung, Untersuchung;… …   Das Herkunftswörterbuch

  • probe — [n] investigation delving, detection, examination, exploration, fishing expedition*, inquest, inquiry, inquisition, legwork*, probing, quest, research, scrutiny, study, third degree*; concepts 31,103,216,290 probe [v] explore, investigate ask,… …   New thesaurus

  • Probe — [Wichtig (Rating 3200 5600)] Bsp.: • Die Theatergruppe hat eine Probe von Shakespeares Macbeth …   Deutsch Wörterbuch


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