Definition of probe noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//prəʊb//
    ; NAmE NAmE//proʊb//
    Space travel, Devices
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  1. 1probe (into something) (used especially in newspapers) a thorough and careful investigation of something a police probe into the financial affairs of the company Arson probe after three die at home.
  2. 2 (also space probe) a spacecraft without people on board which obtains information and sends it back to earth See related entries: Space travel
  3. 3 (specialist) a long thin metal tool used by doctors for examining inside the body
  4. 4(specialist) a small device put inside something and used by scientists to test something or record information See related entries: Devices
  5. Word Originlate Middle English (as a noun): from late Latin proba ‘proof’ (in medieval Latin ‘examination’), from Latin probare ‘to test’. The verb dates from the mid 17th cent.Extra examples Arson probe after three die in blaze There is to be a police probe into the financial affairs of the company.
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