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probe for

1. To inquire of or interrogate someone for some information. The detective has been probing the suspect for info about the criminal organization. I wish you wouldn't probe me for details after every date I go on!
2. To search some place or thing for something, especially when one does not have a clear idea of where to look. Let me probe the cupboard for something to eat. We'll need to probe our emails for the document you're looking for.
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probe into (something)

To begin inquiring into or investigating something. Regulators are probing into the company's records to see what led to its collapse and the knock-on effect that had on the global economy. I've been asked to probe into the incident and see what I can find.
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probe into something

to investigate something. The police will probe into the matter and report to the commissioner. We will take some time and probe into that for you.
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probe something for something

to poke around in something for something. He probed his memory for some clue as to where he had been on that date. Sam probed the darkened space for the tool that he had mislaid.
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Caption: Figure 1: Working principles of needle-contact electrical probes.
Several techniques have been developed to analyze phase distribution of multiphase flow, such as local probe method, gamma-ray attenuation method, chemical method, and ultrasound absorption method.
This study aimed to assess learning by exclusion among children aged between 16 and 24 months using learning probes with and without mask that required either selection or rejection topographies, in order to determine which result in better performance.
The procedure was divided into the following two stages: Stage 1-teaching of selection responses to an object in the teaching notebook, teaching of baseline conditional discriminations, and probes; and Stage 2--teaching of responses to mask; teaching of baseline with mask, and probes with mask (Table 1).
Caption: Figure 9: Comparison of gas-liquid heating values in API Type II flow to heating values of samples from two test probes.
Only representative samples of the gas phase are required for custody transfer purposes, so the ability to reject liquids at the sample probe is of interest to natural gas pipelines.
NeuroBlate SideFire Select and FullFire Select laser mini-probes can easily be used within a standard MRI bore, and can also be used in conjunction with Monteris Medical's signature Robotic Probe Driver and Mini-Bolt, as well as other skull fixation devices.
A small probe is then used to deliver laser light energy to heat and destroy the tumor.
Manual and electronic probes have similar reliability in the measurement of untreated periodontitis.
In vitro accuracy and reproducibility of automated and conventional periodontal probes. J Clin Periodontol.
For purposes of illustration we provide numerical examples for measurements of a 100 m diameter hole performed with a 90 m diameter probe. This is an extreme example, where the clearance between the probe and the wall of the hole is only 5 m.
Thermocouple General Purpose Probe (LS-104) - used to measure both air or liquids, but is best suited for immersion applications.
The EASA proposal said: "Investigation results indicate that A330/340 aeroplanes equipped with Thales Avionics pitot probes appear to have a greater susceptibility to adverse environmental conditions than aeroplanes equipped with Goodrich pitot probes."
While previously developed probes use gold nanorods or magnetic particles, Irudayaraj's nanoprobes use both.
SWOPPOI has been designed to allow the fibre optic bundle to be removed from the probe without the need to remove the probe from the machine, so the plant need not be shut down to allow probe removal.