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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)

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.

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."