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sam·ple / ˈsampəl/ • n. a small part or quantity intended to show what the whole is like: investigations involved analyzing samples of handwriting. ∎  a specimen taken for scientific testing or analysis: a urine sample. ∎  Statistics a portion drawn from a population, the study of which is intended to lead to statistical estimates of the attributes of the whole population. ∎  a small amount of a food or other commodity, esp. one given to a prospective customer. ∎  a sound created by sampling. • v. [tr.] take a sample or samples of (something) for analysis: bone marrow cells were sampled. ∎  try the qualities of (food or drink) by tasting it. ∎  get a representative experience of: sample the pleasures of Saint Maarten. ∎  Electr. ascertain the momentary value of (an analog signal) many times a second so as to convert the signal to digital form. ∎  record or extract a small piece of music or sound digitally for reuse as part of a composition or song.

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sample (sahm-pŭl) n. a subgroup of a population that is selected for study because it is regarded as representative of the population as a whole. random s. a sample selected by a random process ensuring that each member of the population has an equal chance of being included in it.

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sample †illustrative or confirmatory fact, etc.; †example, warning XIII; specimen of material or goods XV. Aphetic — AN. assample, var. of OF. essample EXAMPLE.
Hence vb. XVI.

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Sample

a small quantity; an example.

Examples : sample of ingenuity, 1706; sample of salesmenLipton, 1970.

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