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explore

(ĭk-splôr′)
v. ex·plored, ex·ploring, ex·plores
v.tr.
1. To investigate systematically; examine: explore every possibility.
2. Medicine To examine (a body cavity or interior part) for diagnostic purposes, especially by surgery.
v.intr.
To make a careful examination or search: scientists who have been known to explore in this region of the earth.

explore

(eks-plōr)
In dentistry, the use of an instrument and tactile skill to examine the surface texture of a tooth.
[L. ex-ploro, to investigate, fr. ex-, out, + ploro, to deplore, weep over]

explore,

v to investigate.
References in classic literature ?
Mazarin had left his lamp in the gallery to make people believe that he was walking about, but he had with him a waxlight, to help him to explore his mysterious strong box.
I do want to explore, but I think I would rather explore over in the Rue de l'Universite.
Surely," said I, "surely that is something at my window lattice; Let me see, then, what thereat is, and this mystery explore -- Let my heart be still a moment and this mystery explore;--'Tis the wind and nothing more
He vaguely felt that something should be done about this, and in a general manner proposed to do it, for he was on his way to explore a society abounding in comic aspects.
As the attacks of our enemies ceased and our eyes became accustomed to the semi-darkness of the interior of our strange retreat, I took the opportunity to explore our shelter.
From this island the latest expedition, sent by way of the great lakes to explore the sources of the Nile, had just set out.
With slightly lightened heart he started out to explore the valley, but scarce a dozen steps had he taken when the glistening of a jewelled bauble lying on the sward caught his eye.
To retrace my steps to the summit of the divide and explore another canyon seemed the only solution of my problem, but a sudden widening and levelness of the canyon just before me seemed to suggest that it was about to open into a level country, and with the lure of discovery strong upon me I decided to proceed but a short distance farther before I turned back.
The creature showed us the mouth of a black cave, but he kept at a distance while he did it, and Lys followed me as I crawled in to explore.
And from the way I line it up, I'll explore a whole lot more quickly by myself.
Be rather the Mungo Park, the Lewis and Clark and Frobisher, of your own streams and oceans; explore your own higher latitudes -- with shiploads of preserved meats to support you, if they be necessary; and pile the empty cans sky-high for a sign.
Mean while the Adversary of God and Man, SATAN with thoughts inflam'd of highest design, Puts on swift wings, and toward the Gates of Hell Explores his solitary flight; som times He scours the right hand coast, som times the left, Now shaves with level wing the Deep, then soares Up to the fiery concave touring high.