1 tr to search into or question closely
2 to examine (something) with or as if with a probe
3 something that probes, examines, or tests
4 (Surgery) a slender and usually flexible instrument for exploring a wound, sinus, etc.
5 a thorough inquiry, such as one by a newspaper into corrupt practices
6 (Electronics) a lead connecting to or containing a measuring or monitoring circuit used for testing
7 (Electronics) a conductor inserted into a waveguide or cavity resonator to provide coupling to an external circuit
8 any of various devices that provide a coupling link, esp. a flexible tube extended from an aircraft to link it with another so that it can refuel
9 See →
space probe (C16: from Medieval Latin proba investigation, from Latin probare to test)
electron probe microanalysis
n a technique for the analysis of a very small amount of material by bombarding it with a narrow beam of electrons and examining the resulting X-ray emission spectrum
n a vehicle, such as a satellite, equipped to obtain scientific information, normally transmitted back to earth by radio, about the atmosphere, surface, and temperature of a planet, conditions in space, etc.