What does example mean?

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

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word example.

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

How to pronounce example?

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How to say example in sign language?

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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. Ed Royce:

    His recent deployment of banned nuclear-tipped missiles poses serious threats to U.S. national security interests, and it's just one more example of Russian aggression that undermines global stability.

  2. Emeasoba George:

    God does not show love to us only when we have done perfectly well. Rather, he (God) loves us, even when we make mistakes and fail. Now, that is a perfect example of a true love, which can melt the hardest heart, heal the wounds of the so called broken hearted and even calm down a furious heart. And permit me to tell you this. That's equally the kind of love that we all ought to portray and share among one another. Yes! you heard me right and this is a call to love everyone unconditionally and never conditionally. -Emeasoba George

  3. Tom Fitton:

    Our dogged work forced the disclosure of documents that provided a road map for over 200 conflict-of-interest rulings that led to $ 48 million for Clinton Foundation Board and other Clinton-connected entities during Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state, previously disclosed documents in this lawsuit, for example, raise questions about funds Hillary Clinton accepted from entities linked to Saudi Arabia, China and Iran, among others.

  4. Howard Mallen:

    La Barbera recommends travelling in pairs, and in known surroundings. Howard Mallen, co-founder and CEO of Krav Maga Worldwide, who teaches the popular self-defense technique developed by the Israel Defense Forces, said women should augment products like Cutrona’s with training. The risk of being attacked is increased when your attention is being diverted, you're alone, and/or your senses are impaired. Jogging or running is a perfect example of this, typically, runners have music blasting in their ears and jog by areas that can serve as hiding places for would be attackers.

  5. Ryan Pack:

    He can make you say things, he can make you go places, (For example) the secretary of state, he can make you do things like write a book or dress up as Mario for Halloween, he can hit Jesus statues with lightening, he can make you type words over the internet, he has control over all your behaviors without you even knowing it. So I ask myself if God has so much power, if God is so intelligent, if he is so connected to us, then why is there so much evil in the world and why doesn't he stop it? The only thing I can think of is that he is pure evil and doesn't want to stop it.

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