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Definition to investigate; or an investigation


any of various instrument used for investigation
instruments such as:
  • an instrument to measure electronic voltage
  • a surgical tool used for examination
  • an unmanned spacecraft used for exploration
  • There was a congressional probe into the scandal.
probe = investigation
  • She probed beneath the gum line as she examined his teeth.
  • probed = investigated (in this case by pressing a dental instrument between the tooth and gum)
  • A space probe was sent to investigate the planet's atmosphere.
  • She probed the anthill with a stick.
  • Use the probe to test the circuit.
  • I felt and probed with my fingers.
    Wilson Rawls  --  Where the Red Fern Grows
  • probed = investigated
  • He keeps probing for more information and I tell him there isn't any more, that I've held nothing back.
    Robert Cormier  --  I Am the Cheese
  • probing = searching (investigating)
  • His eyes and his mind probed for danger before it appeared.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Pearl
  • probed = searched (investigated)
  • he had tried to probe Murtagh's consciousness,
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • probe = explore (investigate)
  • The Congs we were after had been probing along our defenses, looking for soft spots.
    Walter Dean Myers  --  Fallen Angels
  • probing = investigating or exploring
  • She probed the farther darkness with her trained senses.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • probed = investigated
  • The evil of our crime is not for the human mind to probe.
    Ayn Rand  --  Anthem
  • probe = to investigate
  • The cushions we probed with the fine long needles you have seen me employ.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Purloined Letter
  • probed = investigated
  • Lacerations of the scalp (he probed Does that hurt?)
    Ernest Hemingway  --  A Farewell to Arms
  • probed = investigated (explored the wound with a medical instrument)
  • Fingers probed.
    Robert Lipsyte  --  The Contender
  • probed = pushed against or into to investigate
  • Dad probed one with his fingers.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Something Wicked This Way Comes
  • probed = investigated
  • We'll probe our wounds no more but let them rest, though grief lies heavy on us.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • It's too soon to push, to probe.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid's Tale
  • He glared at Hattie, then turned to me, his look probing.
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted
  • The first article to identify "Helen L." as the source of the HeLa cell line was Bill Davidson, "Probing the Secret of Life," Collier's, May 14, 1954.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

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