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sample

noun sam·ple \ ˈsam-pəl \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

Definition of sample

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 : a finite part of a statistical population whose properties are studied to gain information about the whole
3 : an excerpt from a recording (such as a popular song by another performer) that is used in a musical composition, recording, or performance
  • … had to substantially rewrite "Sometimes I Miss You … " when he was denied permission to use a Michael Jackson sample
  • —Jon Young

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.

Recent Examples of sample from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of sample

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

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

verb

Definition of sample

sampled; sampling play \ˈsam-p(ə-)liŋ\
transitive verb
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 : to use a segment of (recorded music, sounds, or dialogue from another source) as part of one's own musical composition or recording
  • A Josh Wink record takes a series of sampled noises, then twists and warps them through a barrage of sound processors …
  • —Frank Broughton
: to use a sample (see 1sample 3) from (another recording or performer)
  • … claims Carey sampled his hit "I Want to Thank You" on her 1992 song "Make It Happen."
  • —Jancee Dunn

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.

Recent Examples of sample from the Web

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First Known Use of sample

1767

sample Synonyms

Synonyms
try (out), test
Related Words
check (out), examine, experiment (with), explore, feel (out), investigate, research, study; resample, retest

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sample

adjective

Definition of sample

: 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.

Recent Examples of sample from the Web

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First Known Use of sample

1820


SAMPLE Defined for English Language Learners

sample

noun

Definition of sample for English Language Learners

  • : 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


sample

verb

Definition of sample for English Language Learners

  • : 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


sample

adjective

Definition of sample for English Language Learners

  • : used as an example of something


SAMPLE Defined for Kids

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sample

noun sam·ple \ ˈsam-pəl \

Definition of sample for Students

1 : a part or piece that shows the quality or character of the whole
  • A water sample was taken to test for purity.
2 : a small amount of something that is given to people to try

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sample

verb

Definition of sample for Students

sampled; sampling
: 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

noun sam·ple \ ˈsam-pəl \

medical Definition of sample

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


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