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sample (plural samples)
- A part of anything taken or presented for inspection, or shown as evidence of the quality of the whole; a specimen; as, goods are often purchased by samples.
- "I design this but for a sample of what I hope more fully to discuss." -Woodward.
- (statistics) A subset of a population selected for measurement, observation or questioning, to provide statistical information about the population.
- "...it is possible it [the Anglo-Saxon race] might stand second to the Scandinavian countries [in average height] if a fair sample of their population were obtained." Francis Galton et al. (1883). Final Report of the Anthropometric Committee, Report of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, p. 269.
- (cooking) a small piece of food for tasting, typically given away for free
- (business) a small piece of some goods, for determining quality, colour, etc., typically given away for free
- (music) Gratuitous borrowing of easily recognised phases (or moments) from other music (or movies) in a recording, used to emphasize a particular point by implying a certain context.
- (obsolete) Example; pattern.
- "Thus he concludes, and every hardy knight His sample followed." -Fairfax.
part taken for inspection
- (transitive) To make or show something similar to; to match.
- (transitive) To take or to test a sample or samples of; as, to sample sugar, teas, wool, cloth.
- (transitive, signal processing) To reduce a continuous signal (such as a sound wave) to a discrete signal.
- (transitive) To reuse a portion of (an existing sound recording) in a new song.
to take or to test a sample or samples of