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

  • noun One who is employed to take and appraise samples, as of a food product.
  • noun A mechanical device that is used to obtain and analyze samples.
  • noun A decorative piece of cloth embroidered with various designs or mottoes in a variety of stitches, serving as an example of skill at needlework.
  • noun A representative collection or selection.
  • noun A variety; an assortment.
  • noun An electronic device used to copy and digitally manipulate a segment from an audio recording for use in a new recording.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A kind of shovel divided into several parallel rectangular compartments, used in taking uniform and similar samples from a heap of pulverized ore or other material to be assayed.
  • noun An exemplar; a pattern.
  • noun A piece of embroidery, worsted-work, or the like.
  • noun One who samples; one who makes up and exhibits samples for the inspection of merchants, etc.

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

  • noun One who makes up samples for inspection; one who examines samples, or by samples.
  • noun A pattern; a specimen; especially, a collection of needlework patterns, as letters, borders, etc., to be used as samples, or to display the skill of the worker.

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

  • noun someone whose job is to take samples
  • noun a device that takes samples
  • noun music A digital device that merges together samples of recordings
  • noun a piece of needlework embroidered with a variety of designs
  • noun a representative selection of a larger group

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

  • noun someone who samples food or drink for its quality
  • noun an assortment of various samples
  • noun a piece of embroidery demonstrating skill with various stitches
  • noun an observation station that is set up to make sample observations of something


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

[Senses 3 and 4, partly Middle English, model (from Anglo-Norman *essamplur) and partly short for Middle English ensampler (from Anglo-Norman ensamplour), both from Late Latin exemplārium, model, copy, from Latin, copy; see exemplar.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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