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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.

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. Steve Musser:

    They would say the product is free of asbestos based on their testing, and we would say the opposite for that sample.

  2. Mike Ford:

    Naming of organisms is guided by international code, but some changes have allowed descriptions of new species based on video — certainly when species are rare and when collection is impossible, when we made these observations, we were 4,000 meters down, using a remote vehicle, and we did not have the capabilities to take a sample.

  3. Courtney Gidengil:

    While the findings seem reassuring in terms of the monkeys doing fine, I dont think we can generalize from it with certainty for humans, given the small sample size.

  4. Olivier Niggli:

    The best solution will be put in place to ensure that sample analysis for the Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games is robust.

  5. Paul Greene:

    Her urine was consistent with the consumption of pork that was containing high levels of nandrolone. We told this to the lab before her B-sample was tested. Under the rules they were supposed to account for it. When your urinary markers are where they were with Shelby’s – in the very, very low range – it is impossible for the machine that does the testing to distinguish between these two, there’s a way to do that called an atypical finding and that’s what we think should have been done in Shelby’s case and it wasn’t.

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