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[n] a small part of something intended as representative of the whole
[n] items selected from a population and used to test hypotheses about the population
[n] all or part of a natural object that is collected and preserved as an example of its class
[adj] serving as typical examples; "a sample question"
[v] take a sample of; "Try these new crackers"; "Sample the regional dishes"

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\Sam"ple\, n. [OE. sample, asaumple, OF. essample, example, fr. L. exemplum. See {Example}, and cf. {Ensample}, {Sampler}.]
1. Example; pattern. [Obs.] --Spenser. ``A sample to the youngest.'' --Shak. Thus he concludes, and every hardy knight His sample followed. --Fairfax.
2. A part of anything 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. Syn: Specimen; example. See {Specimen}.
\Sam"ple\, v. t.
1. To make or show something similar to; to match. --Bp. Hall.
2. To take or to test a sample or samples of; as, to sample sugar, teas, wools, cloths.

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