Sample meaning

sămpəl
(statistics) A set of data or elements drawn from a larger population and analyzed to estimate the characteristics of that population.
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To take a sample or samples of, as for testing quality.
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(business) A small piece of some goods, for determining quality, colour, etc., typically given away for free.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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(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.

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(cooking) A small piece of food for tasting, typically given away for free.
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(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.
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Fairfax.

Thus he concludes, and every hardy knight / His sample followed.

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To make or show something similar to; to match.
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To take or to test a sample or samples of; as, to sample sugar, teas, wool, cloth.
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(signal processing) To reduce a continuous signal (such as a sound wave) to a discrete signal.
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To reuse a portion of (an existing sound recording) in a new song.
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To take a sample of, especially to test or examine by a sample.

The restaurant critic who must sample a little of everything.

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Serving as a representative or example.

Sample test questions; a sample piece of fabric.

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A part, piece, or item taken or shown as representative of a whole thing, group, species, etc.; specimen; pattern.

Samples of wallpaper.

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An illustration; example.

A sample of his humor.

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A small amount of sound, music, etc. taken from one context, digitized and recorded, edited, and used again in another context.
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To digitize and record (small amounts of sound, music, etc.) for editing and using again in another context.
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(statistics) A selected segment of a population studied to gain knowledge of the whole.
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Origin of sample

  • Partly Middle English (from Anglo-Norman) and partly short for Middle English ensample (from Anglo-Norman) both from Latin exemplum example

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Old English sample, asaumple, Old French essample, example, from Latin exemplum.

    From Wiktionary