Definition of "sample" []

  • A portion, piece, or segment that is representative of a whole. (noun)
  • An entity that is representative of a class; a specimen. See Synonyms at example. (noun)
  • Statistics A set of elements drawn from and analyzed to estimate the characteristics of a population. Also called sampling. (noun)
  • A usually digitized audio segment taken from an original recording and inserted, often repetitively, in a new recording. (noun)
  • To take a sample of, especially to test or examine by a sample: the restaurant critic who must sample a little of everything. (verb-transitive)
  • A small part of anything, intended as representative of the whole; specimen (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • (as modifier) (noun)
  • 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 (noun)
  • To take a sample or samples of (verb)
  • To take a short extract from (one record) and mix it into a different backing track (verb)
  • To record (a sound) and feed it into a computerized synthesizer so that it can be reproduced at any pitch (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "sample" in a sentence
  • "Link to a personal blog or other online writing sample is preferred over a hard copy writing sample**"
  • "On the 217 page Gray reference: Please cite the specific page that supports your restrictive or even non-restrictive use of the term sample error."
  • "I also welcome the other stats jocks on this board to do so and to back me up on the usage of the term sample error in that article."