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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR PROBING

Simmias acknowledges that there is cowardice in not probing truth to the bottom.

The amputation, the incision, the probing had to be done then and there, on the instant.

His fingers quested all over one plate, probing and tapping.

That's where our ship landed on the second probing expedition.

The time for probing was near, but it lingered yet a little.

He had come to the end of his resourcefulness in the art of probing for facts.

Thomas had the cover off the radar panel and was probing around.

The fat man with the strange pronouncements and probing questions.

"Oh, then you don't love her," said Uncle Ike, probing into the wound.

"There has been talk of probing this disaster, naturally," began Jenks.

WORD ORIGIN

early 15c., "instrument for exploring wounds, etc.," also "an examination," from Medieval Latin proba "examination," in Late Latin "a test, proof," from Latin probare (see prove). Meaning "act of probing" is 1890, from the verb; figurative sense of "penetrating investigation" is from 1903. Meaning "small, unmanned exploratory craft" is attested from 1953.

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