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PROBE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does probe mean? 

PROBE (noun)
  The noun PROBE has 4 senses:

1. an inquiry into unfamiliar or questionable activities
2. a flexible slender surgical instrument used to explore wounds or body cavities
3. an exploratory action or expedition
4. an investigation conducted using a flexible surgical instrument to explore an injury or a body cavity

  Familiarity information: PROBE used as a noun is uncommon.


PROBE (verb)
  The verb PROBE has 2 senses:

1. question or examine thoroughly and closely
2. examine physically with or as if with a probe

  Familiarity information: PROBE used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


PROBE (noun)


Sense 1probe [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An inquiry into unfamiliar or questionable activities

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

investigation; probe

Context example:

there was a congressional probe into the scandal

Hypernyms ("probe" is a kind of...):

enquiry; inquiry; research (a search for knowledge)


Sense 2probe [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A flexible slender surgical instrument used to explore wounds or body cavities

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("probe" is a kind of...):

surgical instrument (a medical instrument used in surgery)


Sense 3probe [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An exploratory action or expedition

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Hypernyms ("probe" is a kind of...):

exploration (a careful systematic search)


Sense 4probe [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An investigation conducted using a flexible surgical instrument to explore an injury or a body cavity

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Hypernyms ("probe" is a kind of...):

research (systematic investigation to establish facts)


PROBE (verb)


Sense 1probe [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Question or examine thoroughly and closely

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

probe; examine

Hypernyms (to "probe" is one way to...):

investigate; look into (investigate scientifically)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "probe"):

enquire; inquire; investigate (conduct an inquiry or investigation of)

re-examine (question after cross-examination by opposing counsel)

hear; try (examine or hear (evidence or a case) by judicial process)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s PP

Sentence examples:

The men probe the area for animals
The men probe for animals in the area


Sense 2probe [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Examine physically with or as if with a probe

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

dig into; poke into; probe

Context example:

probe an anthill

Hypernyms (to "probe" is one way to...):

penetrate; perforate (pass into or through, often by overcoming resistance)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "probe"):

gutter (wear or cut gutters into)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


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