The definition of a sample is a small part of something used to represent the whole or to learn something about the whole.noun
- An example of a sample is a free piece of sausage at the grocery store that is designed to get you to buy a box of sausage.
- An example of a sample is a small piece of a tumor that is taken to test in a lab.
- An example of a sample is a small subset of society who is surveyed in order to get an idea of the opinion of society as a whole.
To sample is to take a small taste or experience a small amount of something to get a better idea of the whole.verb
An example of sample is when you go to a wine tasting to taste a sip of different wines.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
- a part, piece, or item taken or shown as representative of a whole thing, group, species, etc.; specimen; pattern: samples of wallpaper
- an illustration; example: a sample of his humor
- a small amount of sound, music, etc. taken from one context, digitized and recorded, edited, and used again in another context
- ☆ Statistics a selected segment of a population studied to gain knowledge of the whole
Origin: ME, aphetic for asample < Anglo-Fr, for OFr essample: see example
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- a. A portion, piece, or segment that is representative of a whole.b. An entity that is representative of a class; a specimen. See Synonyms at example.
- Statistics A set of elements drawn from and analyzed to estimate the characteristics of a population. Also called sampling.
- A usually digitized audio segment taken from an original recording and inserted, often repetitively, in a new recording.
- To take a sample of, especially to test or examine by a sample: the restaurant critic who must sample a little of everything.
- To use or incorporate (an audio segment of an original recording) in a new recording: a song that samples the bass line of a 1970s disco tune.
Origin: Partly Middle English (from Anglo-Norman) and partly short for Middle English ensample (from Anglo-Norman), both from Latin exemplum; see example.
sample - Business Definition
- A subset chosen from a population. For example, a marketing researcher interviews a sample of visitors to the shopping mall in an effort to determine the types of mall advertising that have been most effective. A sample should be representative of the population from which it is drawn.
- A product given without charge to a potential customer by a manufacturer, distributor, or retailer.
sample - Cultural Definition
In statistics, a group drawn from a larger population and used to estimate the characteristics of the whole population.
- Opinion polls use small groups of people, often selected at random, as a sample of the opinions of the general public.