verb (used with object), sam·pled, sam·pling.
- sample point,
- sample room,
- sample space,
Origin of sample
Examples from the Web for sample
The astronomers found that of the 93 quasars in the sample, 19 exhibited a measurable amount of polarization.
In West Africa at the present, an Ebola test can take four days or more and that is if the sample is not lost.
Sample reportedly told her “to drop the matter” and not discuss it with anybody else.Speed Read: James Risen Indicts The War On Terror’s Costly Follies|William O’Connor|October 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Virginia is one of the 29 states that requires arrestees to submit a DNA sample to be entered into CODIS.
Ever since Eve urged Adam to sample the forbidden fruit, men have been doing crazy things in the name of love.Boy Shaves Stash, Gets the Girl: Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez Forever|Amy Zimmerman|August 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Then she helped the customer match her sample until she had what she wanted.Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue Keeping Store|Laura Lee Hope
The musicians give a sample of their skill and seat themselves at the festive board.Norway|Beatrix Jungman
A description of the operation of accessioning in the New York public library (Reference department) is enclosed as a sample.
I give a sample of one of the conversations as reported from their lips at the time.Concord Days|A. Bronson Alcott
Well, why didn't the Shipping Commission build a sample ship from yellow pine?Worrying Won't Win|Montague Glass
- a small part of anything, intended as representative of the whole; specimen
- (as modifier)a sample bottle
- 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 populationSee also matched sample
- (as modifier)sample distribution
- to take a short extract from (one record) and mix it into a different backing track
- to record (a sound) and feed it into a computerized synthesizer so that it can be reproduced at any pitch
Word Origin for sample
c.1300, "something which confirms a proposition or statement," from Anglo-French saumple, a shortening of Old French essample, from Latin exemplum "a sample" (see example). Meaning "small quantity (of something) from which the general quality (of the whole) may be inferred" (usually in a commercial sense) is recorded from early 15c.; sense of "specimen for scientific sampling" is from 1878. As an adjective from 1820.
"to test by taking a sample," 1767, from sample (n.). Earlier "to be a match for" (1590s). Related: Sampled; sampling.
In statistics, a group drawn from a larger population and used to estimate the characteristics of the whole population.