What does sample mean?

Definitions for sample
ˈsæm pəl, ˈsɑm-sam·ple

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. samplenoun

    a small part of something intended as representative of the whole

  2. sample distribution, sample, samplingnoun

    items selected at random from a population and used to test hypotheses about the population

  3. sampleverb

    all or part of a natural object that is collected and preserved as an example of its class

  4. sample, try, try out, tasteverb

    take a sample of

    "Try these new crackers"; "Sample the regional dishes"


  1. samplenoun

    A part of anything taken or presented for inspection, or shown as evidence of the quality of the whole; a specimen; as, goods are often purchased by samples.

    "I design this but for a sample of what I hope more fully to discuss." -Woodward.

  2. samplenoun

    A subset of a population selected for measurement, observation or questioning, to provide statistical information about the population.

    "...it is possible it [the Anglo-Saxon race] might stand second to the Scandinavian countries [in average height] if a fair sample of their population were obtained." Francis Galton et al. (1883). Final Report of the Anthropometric Committee, Report of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, p. 269.

  3. samplenoun

    Gratuitous borrowing of easily recognised phases (or moments) from other music (or movies) in a recording, used to emphasize a particular point by implying a certain context.

  4. samplenoun

    Example; pattern.

    "Thus he concludes, and every hardy knight His sample followed." -Fairfax.

  5. sampleverb

    To make or show something similar to; to match.

  6. sampleverb

    To take or to test a sample or samples of; as, to sample sugar, teas, wool, cloth.

  7. sampleverb

    To reduce a continuous signal (such as a sound wave) to a discrete signal.

  8. sampleverb

    To reuse a portion of (an existing sound recording) in a new song.

  9. Etymology: sample, asaumple, essample, example, from exemplum.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Samplenoun

    A specimen; a part of the whole shown that judgment may be made of the whole.

    Etymology: from example.

    He intreated them to tarry but two days, and he himself would bring them a sample of the oar. Walter Raleigh.

    I have not engaged myself to any: I am not loaded with a full cargo: ’tis sufficient if I bring a sample of some goods in this voyage. Dryden.

    I design this but for a sample of what I hope more fully to discuss. John Woodward, Natural History.

    Determinations of justice were very summary and decisive, and generally put an end to the vexations of a law-suit by the ruin both of plaintiff and defendant: travellers have recorded some samples of this kind. Addison.

    From most bodies
    Some little bits ask leave to flow;
    And, as through these canals they roll,
    Bring up a sample of the whole. Matthew Prior.

  2. To Sampleverb

    To show something similar. Robert Ainsworth

Webster Dictionary

  1. Samplenoun

    example; pattern

  2. Samplenoun

    a part of anything presented for inspection, or shown as evidence of the quality of the whole; a specimen; as, goods are often purchased by samples

  3. Sampleverb

    to make or show something similar to; to match

  4. Sampleverb

    to take or to test a sample or samples of; as, to sample sugar, teas, wools, cloths


  1. Sample

    In statistics and quantitative research methodology, a data sample is a set of data collected and/or selected from a population by a defined procedure.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sample

    sam′pl, n. a specimen: a part to show the quality of the whole: an example.—v.t. to make up samples of: to place side by side with: to match: to test by examination.—ns. Sam′pler, one who makes up samples (in compounds, as wool-sampler); Sam′ple-room, a room where samples are shown: (slang) a grog-shop; Sam′ple-scale, an accurately balanced lever-scale for weighing ten-thousandths of a pound. [Short for esample, from O. Fr. essample—L. exemplum, example.]

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sample' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2336

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sample' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3265

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sample' in Nouns Frequency: #657

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sample in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sample in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of sample in a Sentence

  1. David Letterman:

    To me the fun of it would've just been boring people silly: 'Here we have a medium-shag burnt orange. ... Here we have the avocado.' I would have done that -- I would do that, if you can get me that carpet-sample book, I'll do that Monday.

  2. Helen Lee:

    It's really quite simple; the patients come in and the sample is taken. And that then gets tested. Within 90 minutes you get the results. And so you can really decide whether their drug, their treatment is being effective or if they have developed resistance, whether they are infected or not infected. So really you can get a result in 90 minutes of an extremely complicated test.

  3. Navin Agarwal:

    The athlete has been notified and given the right to get his B Sample tested.

  4. Heba Mostafa:

    Variant information is linked to the sample and the data is communicated with the respective lab ; the whole process can take up to four days.

  5. Ken Farley:

    The delta, with its diverse sedimentary rocks, contrasts beautifully with the igneous rocks -- formed from crystallization of magma -- discovered on the crater floor, this juxtaposition provides us with a rich understanding of the geologic history after the crater formed and a diverse sample suite. For example, we found a sandstone that carries grains and rock fragments created far from Jezero Crater.

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