from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. 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.
- n. One serving as a pattern of a specific kind: set a good example by arriving on time.
- n. A similar case that constitutes a model or precedent: a unique episode, without example in maritime history.
- n. A punishment given as a warning or deterrent.
- n. One that has been given such a punishment: made an example of the offender.
- n. A problem or exercise used to illustrate a principle or method.
- idiom for example As an illustrative instance: Wear something simple; for example, a skirt and blouse.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Something that is representative of all such things in a group.
- n. Something that serves to illustrate or explain a rule.
- n. Something that serves as a pattern of behaviour to be imitated (a good example) or not to be imitated (a bad example).
- n. A person punished as a warning to others.
- n. A parallel or closely similar case, especially when serving as a precedent or model.
- n. 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.
- v. To be illustrated or exemplified (by)
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One or a portion taken to show the character or quality of the whole; a sample; a specimen.
- n. That which is to be followed or imitated as a model; a pattern or copy.
- n. That which resembles or corresponds with something else; a precedent; a model.
- n. That which is to be avoided; one selected for punishment and to serve as a warning; a warning.
- n. An instance serving for illustration of a rule or precept, especially a problem to be solved, or a case to be determined, as an exercise in the application of the rules of any study or branch of science.
- transitive v. To set an example for; to give a precedent for; to exemplify; to give an instance of; to instance.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One of a number of things, or a part of anything, generally a small quantity, exhibited or serving to show the character or quality of the whole; a representative part or instance; a sample; a specimen; an exemplar.
- n. An instance serving for illustration; a particular case or circumstance, quotation, or other thing, illustrating a general statement, proposition, rule, or truth.
- n. A pattern in morals or manners worthy of imitation; a model of conduct or manner; an archetype; one who or that which is proposed or is proper to be imitated.
- n. An instance serving for a warning; a warning.
- n. In zoology, a prepared specimen.
- n. In mathematics, an arithmetical or algebraic problem, illustrating a rule or method, to be worked out by a student: as, an example in addition; an example in quadratics.
- n. Synonyms Example, Pattern, Model, Precedent, Ideal, Instance; archetype, prototype; exemplification. Example is the most general of these words; it is the only one of them that admits application to that which is to be avoided. An example is something to guide the understanding, so that one may decide what to do and what not to do. Pattern and model express that which is to be closely followed or copied; they primarily refer to physical shape: as, an artist's model; but also freely to the shaping of conduct and character: as, a pattern of sobriety; a model of virtue. Perhaps model suggests the more complete example, but the difference between the two words in this respect is small. A precedent is an example set in the past, as a legal decision which may be pleaded in law as the basis of a further decision, and in private affairs a thing once done or allowed, and so pleaded as a reason or an excuse for more of the same sort: as, a precedent for indulgence. An ideal is a model of perfection, primarily imaginary, but by hyperbole sometimes real. An example is generally a representative person or thing, but the word is sometimes used instead of instance with reference to a representative act or course of conduct: as, to prove a rule by examples; to prove a man's fidelity or treachery by instances or examples.
- To furnish with examples; give examples of.
- To justify by the authority of an example.
- To set or make an example of; present as an example.
- To give an example.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. punishment intended as a warning to others
- n. a task performed or problem solved in order to develop skill or understanding
- n. an occurrence of something
- n. an item of information that is typical of a class or group
- n. a representative form or pattern
- n. something to be imitated
Middle 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.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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). (Wiktionary)