[ ig-zam-puh l, -zahm- ]
/ ɪgˈzæm pəl, -ˈzɑm- /
one of a number of things, or a part of something, taken to show the character of the whole: This painting is an example of his early work.
a pattern or model, as of something to be imitated or avoided: to set a good example.
an instance serving for illustration; specimen: The case histories gave carefully detailed examples of this disease.
an instance illustrating a rule or method, as a mathematical problem proposed for solution.
an instance, especially of punishment, serving as a warning to others: Public executions were meant to be examples to the populace.
a precedent; parallel case: an action without example.
verb (used with object), ex·am·pled, ex·am·pling.
Rare. to give or be an example of; exemplify (used in the passive).
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Origin of example
1350–1400; Middle English exa(u)mple < Middle French example < Latin exemplum, akin to eximere to take out (ex- ex-1 + emere to buy, orig. take); replacing Middle English exemple < Latin, as above
1. Example, sample, specimen refer to an individual phenomenon taken as representative of a type, or to a part representative of the whole. Example is used of an object, condition, etc., that is assumed to illustrate a certain principle or standard: a good example of baroque architecture. Sample refers to a small portion of a substance or to a single representative of a group or type that is intended to show what the rest of the substance or the group is like: a sample of yarn. Specimen usually suggests that the “sample” chosen is intended to serve a scientific or technical purpose: a blood specimen; zoological specimens. 2. See ideal. 3. See case1.
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British Dictionary definitions for exampling
/ (ɪɡˈzɑːmpəl) /
a specimen or instance that is typical of the group or set of which it forms part; sample
a person, action, thing, etc, that is worthy of imitation; patternyou must set an example to the younger children
a precedent, illustration of a principle, or modelan example in a maths book
a punishment or the recipient of a punishment serving or intended to serve as a warningthe headmaster made an example of him
for example as an illustration; for instance
(tr; now usually passive) to present an example of; exemplify
Word Origin for example
C14: from Old French, from Latin exemplum pattern, from eximere to take out, from ex- 1 + emere to purchase
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Idioms and Phrases with exampling
see for example; make an example of; set an example.
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