What does example mean?

Definitions for example
ɪgˈzæm pəl, -ˈzɑm-ex·am·ple

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. example, illustration, instance, representativenoun

    an item of information that is typical of a class or group

    "this patient provides a typical example of the syndrome"; "there is an example on page 10"

  2. model, examplenoun

    a representative form or pattern

    "I profited from his example"

  3. exemplar, example, model, good examplenoun

    something to be imitated

    "an exemplar of success"; "a model of clarity"; "he is the very model of a modern major general"

  4. example, deterrent example, lesson, object lessonnoun

    punishment intended as a warning to others

    "they decided to make an example of him"

  5. case, instance, examplenoun

    an occurrence of something

    "it was a case of bad judgment"; "another instance occurred yesterday"; "but there is always the famous example of the Smiths"

  6. exercise, examplenoun

    a task performed or problem solved in order to develop skill or understanding

    "you must work the examples at the end of each chapter in the textbook"

Wiktionary

  1. examplenoun

    Something that is representative of all such things in a group.

    Etymology: From example, from essample (French: exemple), from exemplum, from eximo, from ex + emo; see exempt. Compare ensample, sample, exemplar. Displaced native Middle English bisne, forbus (from Old English bisen, forebisen) and Middle English byspel (from Old English bispel).

  2. examplenoun

    Something that serves to illustrate or explain a rule.

    Etymology: From example, from essample (French: exemple), from exemplum, from eximo, from ex + emo; see exempt. Compare ensample, sample, exemplar. Displaced native Middle English bisne, forbus (from Old English bisen, forebisen) and Middle English byspel (from Old English bispel).

  3. examplenoun

    Something that serves as a pattern of behaviour to be imitated (a good example) or not to be imitated (a bad example).

    Etymology: From example, from essample (French: exemple), from exemplum, from eximo, from ex + emo; see exempt. Compare ensample, sample, exemplar. Displaced native Middle English bisne, forbus (from Old English bisen, forebisen) and Middle English byspel (from Old English bispel).

  4. examplenoun

    A person punished as a warning to others.

    Etymology: From example, from essample (French: exemple), from exemplum, from eximo, from ex + emo; see exempt. Compare ensample, sample, exemplar. Displaced native Middle English bisne, forbus (from Old English bisen, forebisen) and Middle English byspel (from Old English bispel).

  5. examplenoun

    A parallel or closely similar case, especially when serving as a precedent or model.

    Etymology: From example, from essample (French: exemple), from exemplum, from eximo, from ex + emo; see exempt. Compare ensample, sample, exemplar. Displaced native Middle English bisne, forbus (from Old English bisen, forebisen) and Middle English byspel (from Old English bispel).

  6. examplenoun

    An instance (as a problem to be solved) serving to illustrate the rule or precept or to act as an exercise in the application of the rule.

    Etymology: From example, from essample (French: exemple), from exemplum, from eximo, from ex + emo; see exempt. Compare ensample, sample, exemplar. Displaced native Middle English bisne, forbus (from Old English bisen, forebisen) and Middle English byspel (from Old English bispel).

  7. exampleverb

    To be illustrated or exemplified (by)

    Etymology: From example, from essample (French: exemple), from exemplum, from eximo, from ex + emo; see exempt. Compare ensample, sample, exemplar. Displaced native Middle English bisne, forbus (from Old English bisen, forebisen) and Middle English byspel (from Old English bispel).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Examplenoun

    one or a portion taken to show the character or quality of the whole; a sample; a specimen

  2. Examplenoun

    that which is to be followed or imitated as a model; a pattern or copy

  3. Examplenoun

    that which resembles or corresponds with something else; a precedent; a model

  4. Examplenoun

    that which is to be avoided; one selected for punishment and to serve as a warning; a warning

  5. Examplenoun

    an instance serving for illustration of a rule or precept, especially a problem to be solved, or a case to be determined, as an exercise in the application of the rules of any study or branch of science; as, in trigonometry and grammar, the principles and rules are illustrated by examples

  6. Exampleverb

    to set an example for; to give a precedent for; to exemplify; to give an instance of; to instance

Freebase

  1. example

    The name example is reserved by the Internet Engineering Task Force in RFC 2606 as a domain name that may not be installed as a top-level domain in the Domain Name System of the Internet.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Example

    egz-am′pl, n. that which is taken as a specimen of the rest, or as an illustration of the rule, &c.: the person or thing to be imitated or avoided: a pattern: a warning: a former instance.—v.t. to exemplify: to instance.—n. Exam′plar, a pattern, model.—adj. Exam′plary, serving for an example. [O. Fr.,—L. exemplumeximĕre, to take out—ex, out of, emĕre, emptum, to take.]

Editors Contribution

  1. example

    A group of words in an online dictionary created to show the contextual understanding of a word or term.

    This definition is to show the contextual understanding of the intention of the definition.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 21, 2020  
  2. example

    A type of document or template.

    The example document is simple enough to share.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 28, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'example' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #794

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'example' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1007

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'example' in Nouns Frequency: #191

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of example in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of example in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of example in a Sentence

  1. Scott Greiper:

    It’s going to take leadership on part of the federal government so that [for example] Sony or the Department of the Defense knows that if they were attacked physically by a band of jihadists, the government would step in … it has to be the same on the virtual side, that sort of leadership of the federal government with the private sector, I think is the only answer here.

  2. Major League Baseball:

    Players are husbands, fathers, sons and boyfriends. And as such want to set an example that makes clear that there is no place for domestic abuse in our society, we are hopeful that this new comprehensive, collectively-bargained policy will deter future violence, promote victim safety, and serve as a step toward a better understanding of the causes and consequences of domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse.

  3. Peter Bergen:

    I can not think of a single example of a terrorism case where somebody came over the southern border to infiltrate the United States, it's sort of a non-problem.

  4. Katherine Archuleta:

    In an average month, OPM, for example thwarts 10 million confirmed intrusion attempts targeting our network. These attacks will not stop - if anything, they will increase.

  5. Andrew Bardot:

    The limitations of the 'fall-back' cover - together with other continuing restrictions, for example those relating to the U.S. dollar and use of the U.S. financial system - however have discouraged a number of shipowners, and in particular the large shipping groups, from resuming trade with Iran in which they were previously engaged.

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