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(1)   A small part of something intended as representative of the whole
(2)   Items selected at random from a population and used to test hypotheses about the population
(3)   All or part of a natural object that is collected and preserved as an example of its class


(4)   Take a sample of
"Try these new crackers"
"Sample the regional dishes"


sample, asaumple, essample, example, from exemplum.


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Example; pattern.
    "Thus he concludes, and every hardy knight His sample followed." -Fairfax.


  1. To make or show something similar to; to match.
  2. To take or to test a sample or samples of; as, to sample sugar, teas, wool, cloth.