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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
sam•ple /ˈsæmpəl/USA pronunciation
n., adj., v., -pled, -pling.
a small part from a larger whole, showing the quality, style, or nature of the whole;
specimen:a sample of her urine for a test.
adj. [before a noun]
serving as a specimen:a sample piece of cloth.
v. [~ + object]
to take a sample of:sampled the food before serving it.See -am-.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
sample /ˈsɑːmpəl/ n
- a small part of anything, intended as representative of the whole; specimen
- (as modifier): a sample bottle
Also called: sampling a set of individuals or items selected from a population for analysis to yield estimates of, or to test hypotheses about, parameters of the whole population. A biased sample is one in which the items selected share some property which influences their distribution, while a random sample is devised to avoid any such interference so that its distribution is affected only by, and so can be held to represent, that of the whole population
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French essample, from Latin exemplum example
- (transitive) to take a sample or samples of
- to take a short extract from (one record) and mix it into a different backing track
- to record (a sound) and feed it into a computerized synthesizer so that it can be reproduced at any pitch