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sample

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noun sam·ple \ˈsam-pəl\

Simple Definition of sample

  • : a small amount of something that gives you information about the thing it was taken from

  • : a small amount of something that is given to people to try

  • : a group of people or things that are taken from a larger group and studied, tested, or questioned to get information

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of sample

  1. 1 :  a representative part or a single item from a larger whole or group especially when presented for inspection or shown as evidence of quality :  specimen

  2. 2 :  a finite part of a statistical population whose properties are studied to gain information about the whole

  3. 3 :  an excerpt from a musical recording that is used in another artist's recording

Examples of sample in a sentence

  1. We would like to see a sample of your work.

  2. I tasted a sample of the new cereal.

  3. Free samples were handed out at the store.

  4. The sample included 96 women over the age of 40.

  5. A random sample of people filled out the survey.

  6. We looked at a representative sample of public schools.



Origin and Etymology of sample

Middle English, from Anglo-French sample, essample, from Latin exemplum — more at example


First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of sample

instance, case, illustration, example, sample, specimen mean something that exhibits distinguishing characteristics in its category. instance applies to any individual person, act, or thing that may be offered to illustrate or explain <an instance of history repeating itself>. case is used to direct attention to a real or assumed occurrence or situation that is to be considered, studied, or dealt with <a case of mistaken identity>. illustration applies to an instance offered as a means of clarifying or illuminating a general statement <a telling illustration of Murphy's Law>. example applies to a typical, representative, or illustrative instance or case <a typical example of bureaucratic waste>. sample implies a part or unit taken at random from a larger whole and so presumed to be typical of its qualities <show us a sample of your work>. specimen applies to any example or sample whether representative or merely existent and available <one of the finest specimens of the jeweler's art>.

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sample

transitive verb sam·ple

Simple Definition of sample

  • : to taste a small amount of (something)

  • : to try or experience (something)

  • : to test, study, or question (a group of people or things taken from a larger group) to get information

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of sample

sampled

sampling

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  1. 1 :  to take a sample of or from; especially :  to judge the quality of by a sample :  test <sampled his output for defects> <sample a wine>

  2. 2 :  to use a segment of (another's musical recording) as part of one's own recording

Examples of sample in a sentence

  1. She sampled everything the resort had to offer, from golfing to yoga.

  2. A low percentage of the women sampled said that they smoked during pregnancy.

  3. Five of the 20 schools sampled did not meet the standards.



1767

First Known Use of sample

1767

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sample

adjective sam·ple

Simple Definition of sample

  • : used as an example of something

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of sample

  1. :  serving as an illustration or example <sample questions>

Examples of sample in a sentence

  1. The teacher handed out a sample essay.

  2. Here are some sample questions for the test.



1820

First Known Use of sample

1820

Rhymes with sample


SAMPLE Defined for Kids

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sample

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noun sam·ple \ˈsam-pəl\

Definition of sample for Students

  1. 1 :  a part or piece that shows the quality or character of the whole <A water sample was taken to test for purity.>

  2. 2 :  a small amount of something that is given to people to try




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verb sam·ple

Definition of sample for Students

sampled

sampling

  1. :  to judge the quality or character of by trying or examining a small part or amount <We sampled the store's cheese.>




Medical Dictionary

sample

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noun sam·ple \ˈsam-pəl\

Medical Definition of sample

  1. 1:  a representative part or a single item from a larger whole or group especially when presented for inspection or shown as evidence of quality :  specimen <a blood sample>

  2. 2:  a finite part of a statistical population whose properties are studied to gain information about the whole





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