from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A specimen of any aggregate; a sample taken from a mass, or one of the first productions of some process, by which to determine the quality or character of the rest.
  • n. A production from which to determine the capacity or ability of the producer.


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  • It is a painful confession for a man destined eventually to fill a certain part in the annals of conjuring to make, that my trial-piece turned out so lamentably.

    Memoirs of Robert-Houdin


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