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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Medieval Latin
Origin: proba, from Latin probare 'to test, prove'

probe

2 noun
     
Related topics: Hospital, Space
probe2 [countable]
1MH a long thin metal instrument that doctors and scientists use to examine parts of the body
2TTS a space probe
3TCN an investigation in which many questions are asked to discover the truth about something:
a police corruption probe
WORD FOCUS: space WORD FOCUS: space
vehicles used in space: spaceship, spacecraft, rocket, (space) shuttle, probe, satellite, space station

someone who travels in space: astronaut, cosmonaut Russian

parts of a rocket's journey: countdown, launch, blast-off/take-off/lift-off, leaving the earth's atmosphere, going into orbit, re-entering the earth's atmosphere, splashdown/touchdown

places and things in space: planet, moon, star, sun, satellite, solar system, constellation, galaxy, universe, the cosmos, black hole, quasar, comet, meteor, asteroid

the study of space: astronomy
space

See also
space

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