A man gets a sample of sausage at a butchers shop.
- The definition of a sample is a small part of something used to represent the whole or to learn something about the whole.
- 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.
An example of sample is when you go to a wine tasting to taste a sip of different wines.
- 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 of sampleMiddle English aphetic for asample ; from Anglo-French for Old French essample: see example
- a. A portion, piece, or segment that is representative of a whole: showed samples of a new stretch fabric.b. A specimen taken for analysis or testing: a blood sample; a water sample.
- Statistics A set of data or elements drawn from a larger population and analyzed to estimate the characteristics of that population. Also called sampling.
- a. A usually digitized audio segment taken from an original recording and inserted, often repetitively, in a new recording.b. One of a series of pieces of data representing a digitized approximation of an analog signal.
transitive verbsam·pled, sam·pling, sam·ples
- To take a sample of, especially to test or examine by a sample: the restaurant critic who must sample a little of everything.
- a. To use or incorporate (an audio segment of an original recording) in a new recording: a song that samples the bassline of a 1970s disco tune.b. To represent the value of (an analog signal) at a particular point in time by means of a piece of digital data.
Origin of samplePartly Middle English (from Anglo-Norman) and partly short for Middle English ensample (from Anglo-Norman), both from Latin exemplum; see example.
- 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.
- (statistics) 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.
- (cooking) a small piece of food for tasting, typically given away for free
- (business) a small piece of some goods, for determining quality, colour, etc., typically given away for free
- (music) Gratuitous borrowing of easily recognised phases (moments) from other music (movies) in a recording, used to emphasize a particular point by implying a certain context.
- Thus he concludes, and every hardy knight / His sample followed.
(third-person singular simple present samples, present participle sampling, simple past and past participle sampled)