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Dictionary Definition



1 a small part of something intended as representative of the whole
2 items selected at random from a population and used to test hypotheses about the population [syn: sample distribution, sampling]
3 all or part of a natural object that is collected and preserved as an example of its class v : take a sample of; "Try these new crackers"; "Sample the regional dishes" [syn: try, try out, taste]

User Contributed Dictionary



sample, asaumple, essample, example, from exemplum.



  1. 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.
    "I design this but for a sample of what I hope more fully to discuss." -Woodward.
  2. (music production): 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.
  3. Example; pattern. [Obs.]
    "Thus he concludes, and every hardy knight His sample followed." -Fairfax.




  1. To make or show something similar to; to match.
  2. To take or to test a sample or samples of; as, to sample sugar, teas, wools, cloth.


Extensive Definition

wikt Sample Sample may refer to:
  • Sample (material), a piece or limited quantity of material, usually from a larger amount, taken or provided for testing, analysis, inspection, demonstration, or trial use.
  • Sampling (music)
  • Sample (statistics), the part of a statistical population which is actually observed
  • Core sample, a cylindrical section of rock, ice, soil, wood or other substance
  • Free sample, a portion of a product given to a potential buyer
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See also

sample in Czech: Vzorek
sample in Danish: Sample
sample in German: Sample
sample in Spanish: Muestra
sample in French: Échantillon
sample in Italian: Campione
sample in Dutch: Sample

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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