example[eg zam′pəl, ig-; -zäm-]
- Example is defined as something or someone that is used as a model.
- An example of the word "example" is a previously baked pie shown to a cooking class.
- An example of the word "example" is 2x2=4 used to show multiplication.
- An example of the word "example" is a couch with a standard fabric, even though many fabrics are available as options.
- The definition of example is a punishment that warns others to follow rules.
An example of the word "example" is a troubled movie star getting a longer jail term because more news coverage encourages more people to stay out of trouble.
A chef shows an example of a perfect pie.
- something selected to show the nature or character of the rest; single part or unit used as a sample; typical instance
- a case, punishment, etc. that serves as a warning or caution: to fine a speeder as an example to others
- a person or thing to be imitated; model; pattern; precedent
- a problem, as in mathematics, designed to illustrate a principle or method
Origin of exampleMiddle English ; from Old French example, essample ; from Classical Latin exemplum, sample, example ; from eximere, to take out ; from ex-, out + emere, to buy ; from Indo-European base an unverified form em-, to take from source Lithuanian imù
set an example
- One that is representative of a group as a whole: the squirrel, an example of a rodent; introduced each new word with examples of its use.
- One serving as a pattern of a specific kind: set a good example by arriving on time.
- A similar case that constitutes a model or precedent: a unique episode, without example in maritime history.
- a. A punishment given as a warning or deterrent: saw the boy's suspension as an example to all students considering breaking the rules.b. One that has been given such a punishment: made an example of the offender.
- A problem or exercise used to illustrate a principle or method.
Origin of exampleMiddle English, from Old French example, essaumple, from Latin exemplum, from eximere, to take out : ex-, ex- + emere, to take; see em- in Indo-European roots.
- Something that is representative of all such things in a group.
- Something that serves to illustrate or explain a rule.
- Something that serves as a pattern of behaviour to be imitated (a good example) or not to be imitated (a bad example).
- A person punished as a warning to others.
- A parallel or closely similar case, especially when serving as a precedent or model.
- 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.
(third-person singular simple present examples, present participle exampling, simple past and past participle exampled)
From Middle English example, from Old French essample (French: exemple), from Latin exemplum (“literally what is taken out (as a sample), a sample, pattern, specimen, copy for imitation, etc.”), from eximō (“take out”), from ex (“out”) + emō (“buy; acquire”); see exempt. Compare ensample, sample, exemplar. Displaced native Middle English bisne, forbus, forbusen (“example, model, template, exemplar”) (from Old English bīsen, forebīsen, forebȳsen (“example, model, template, exemplar”)) and Middle English byspel (“example, proverb”) (from Old English bīspel).