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NOUN (3)

1. a small part of something intended as representative of the whole;

2. items selected at random from a population and used to test hypotheses about the population;
[syn: sample distribution, sample, sampling]

3. all or part of a natural object that is collected and preserved as an example of its class;


VERB (1)

1. take a sample of;
- Example: "Try these new crackers"
- Example: "Sample the regional dishes"
[syn: sample, try, try out, taste]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Sample \Sam"ple\, v. t. 1. To make or show something similar to; to match. --Bp. Hall. [1913 Webster] 2. To take or to test a sample or samples of; as, to sample sugar, teas, wools, cloths. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Sample \Sam"ple\, n. [OE. sample, asaumple, OF. essample, example, fr. L. exemplum. See Example, and cf. Ensample, Sampler.] 1. Example; pattern. [Obs.] --Spenser. "A sample to the youngest." --Shak. [1913 Webster] Thus he concludes, and every hardy knight His sample followed. --Fairfax. [1913 Webster] 2. A part of anything presented for inspection, or shown as evidence of the quality of the whole; a specimen; as, goods are often purchased by samples. [1913 Webster] I design this but for a sample of what I hope more fully to discuss. --Woodward. [1913 Webster] Syn: Specimen; example. See Specimen. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

sample n 1: a small part of something intended as representative of the whole 2: items selected at random from a population and used to test hypotheses about the population [syn: sample distribution, sample, sampling] 3: all or part of a natural object that is collected and preserved as an example of its class v 1: take a sample of; "Try these new crackers"; "Sample the regional dishes" [syn: sample, try, try out, taste]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

117 Moby Thesaurus words for "sample": adjunct, assay, barometer, bite, bring to test, canvass, case, case history, characteristic, component, conduct a poll, confirm, constituent, contingent, cross section, cut and try, detachment, detail, distinctive, distinguishing, division, dole, element, essay, example, exemplary, experience, experiment, feeler, fraction, fragment, give a try, give a tryout, have a go, illustration, illustrative, indication, individual, installment, item, little bite, little smack, make a survey, natural, naturalistic, nibble, normal, parcel, part, particular, percentage, piece, pilot balloon, play around with, poll, portion, practice upon, probe, prove, put to trial, quadrant, quarter, questionnaire, quintessential, quota, random sample, realistic, regular, remainder, representation, representational, representative, research, road-test, run a sample, sampler, sampling, savor, section, sector, segment, shake down, share, sign, sip, smack, sound, sounder, specimen, straw vote, subdivision, subgroup, subspecies, substantiate, sup, survey, swatch, taste, taste of, taster, test, trial, trial balloon, true to form, true to type, try, try it on, try out, typal, typic, typical, unit, usual, validate, verify, weather vane, weathercock
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):

sample The result of measuring the amplitude of an analog signal at a specified time. In digital signal processing a sample is a signed or unsigned number and the number of samples per second is called the sample rate. (2001-06-06)
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

SAMPLE, contracts. A small quantity of any commodity or merchandise, exhibited as a specimen of a larger quantity called the bulk. (q.v.) 2. When a sale is made by sample, and it afterwards turns out that the bulk does not correspond with it, the purchaser is not, in general, bound to take the property on a compensation being made to him for the difference. 1 Campb. R. 113; vide 2 East, 314; 4, Campb. R. 22; 12 Wend. 566 9 Wend. 20; 6 Cowen, 354; 12 Wend. 413. See 5 John. R. 395.