Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A portion, piece, or segment that is representative of a whole.
  • noun A specimen taken for analysis or testing.
  • noun Statistics A set of data or elements drawn from a larger population and analyzed to estimate the characteristics of that population.
  • noun A usually digitized audio segment taken from an original recording and inserted, often repetitively, in a new recording.
  • noun One of a series of pieces of data representing a digitized approximation of an analog signal.
  • transitive verb To take a sample of, especially to test or examine by a sample.
  • transitive verb To use or incorporate (an audio segment of an original recording) in a new recording.
  • transitive verb To represent the value of (an analog signal) at a particular point in time by means of a piece of digital data.
  • adjective Serving as a representative or example.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To place side by side with something else closely similar, for the purpose of comparison or illustration.
  • To match; imitate; follow the pattern or method of.
  • To select, or take at random, a sample or specimen of; hence, to try or test by examining or using a specimen or sample: as, to sample sugar or grain; to sample wine.
  • noun Anything selected as a model for imitation; a pattern; an example; an instance.
  • noun A part of anything taken at random out of a large quantity and presented for inspection or intended to be shown as evidence of the quality of the whole; a representative specimen: as, a sample of cloth, of wheat, of spirits, of wines, etc.
  • noun Synonyms Specimen, Sample. See specimen.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To make or show something similar to; to match.
  • transitive verb To take or to test a sample or samples of.
  • noun obsolete Example; pattern.
  • noun A part of anything presented for inspection, or shown as evidence of the quality of the whole; a specimen.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun 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.
  • noun statistics A subset of a population selected for measurement, observation or questionicommeng, to provide statistical information about the population.
  • noun cooking a small piece of food for tasting, typically given away for free
  • noun business a small piece of some goods, for determining quality, colour, etc., typically given away for free
  • noun music Gratuitous borrowing of easily recognised phases (or moments) from other music (or movies) in a recording, used to emphasize a particular point by implying a certain context.
  • noun obsolete Example; pattern.
  • verb transitive To make or show something similar to; to match.
  • verb transitive To take or to test a sample or samples of; as, to sample sugar, teas, wool, cloth.
  • verb transitive, signal processing To reduce a continuous signal (such as a sound wave) to a discrete signal.
  • verb transitive To reuse a portion of (an existing sound recording) in a new song.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb take a sample of
  • noun all or part of a natural object that is collected and preserved as an example of its class
  • noun a small part of something intended as representative of the whole
  • noun items selected at random from a population and used to test hypotheses about the population

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Partly Middle English (from Anglo-Norman) and partly short for Middle English ensample (from Anglo-Norman), both from Latin exemplum; see example.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

Examples

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  • TCO you are looking at sources who are using the term sample error the way bender is, but you are just not seeing it.

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  • On the 217 page Gray reference: Please cite the specific page that supports your restrictive or even non-restrictive use of the term sample error.

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  • I also welcome the other stats jocks on this board to do so and to back me up on the usage of the term sample error in that article.

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  • “Giving people a sample is a great way to hook people and encourage them to buy more,” said Suzanne Murphy, group publisher of Scholastic Trade Publishing, which offered free downloads of “Suite Scarlett,” a young-adult novel by Maureen Johnson, for three weeks in the hopes of building buzz for the next book in the series, “Scarlett Fever,” out in hardcover on Feb. 1.

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  • Our best estimate of the number of Democrats in the voting age population as a whole indicates that the sample is about 8-10 points more Democratic than the population as a whole.

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  • When the sample is added, it flows -- either by the simple force of gravity or drawn by an electric charge -- horizontally across the line of holes in the metal.

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  • When the sample is added, it flows -- either by the simple force of gravity or drawn by an electric charge -- horizontally across the line of holes in the metal.

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  • That combo in this sample is the last 6 years of Clinton.

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  • That combo in this sample is the last 6 years of Clinton.

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