What does example mean?

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

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. example, illustration, instance, representative(noun)

    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, example(noun)

    a representative form or pattern

    "I profited from his example"

  3. exemplar, example, model, good example(noun)

    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 lesson(noun)

    punishment intended as a warning to others

    "they decided to make an example of him"

  5. case, instance, example(noun)

    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, example(noun)

    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. example(Noun)

    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. example(Noun)

    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. example(Noun)

    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. example(Noun)

    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. example(Noun)

    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. example(Noun)

    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. example(Verb)

    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. Example(noun)

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

  2. Example(noun)

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

  3. Example(noun)

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

  4. Example(noun)

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

  5. Example(noun)

    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. Example(verb)

    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. Reality TV star Josh Duggar:

    As I am learning the hard way, we have the freedom to choose to our actions, but we do not get to choose our consequences. I deeply regret all hurt I have caused so many by being such a bad example, i humbly ask for your forgiveness.

  2. William Faulkner:

    Setting an example for your children takes all the fun out of middle age Conditions are never just right. People who delay action until all factors are favorable do nothing.

  3. Robert Abrams:

    It is a closed-off nation, so we cant say emphatically that they have cases, but were fairly certain they do, what I do know is that their armed forces had been fundamentally in a lockdown for about 30 days and only recently have they started routine training again. As one example, they didnt fly an airplane for 24 days.

  4. Zaki Barzinji:

    She's a perfect example of how to systematically build political power, she's not just jumping into a congressional race out of nowhere, she literally spent more than a decade working her way up.

  5. RAS CARDO REGGAE:

    The society creates criminals out of men then incarcerates and kills them for the criminals they become. The classic case of -jeffrey epstein, and other donald trump affiliates- who died in prison is just one example.

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