see also: SAMPLE, Sample
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈsɑːm.pəl/
  • (GA) IPA: /ˈsæm.pəl/
  • (Australia) IPA: /sæːm.pəl/, /sɐːm.pəl/

sample (plural samples)

  1. A part or snippet of something taken or presented for inspection, or shown as evidence of the quality of the whole; a specimen.
    a blood sample
  2. (statistics) A subset of a population selected for measurement, observation or questioning, to provide statistical information about the population.
  3. (cooking) A small quantity of food for tasting, typically given away for free.
  4. (business) A small piece of some goods, for determining quality, colour, etc., typically given away for free.
  5. (music) Gratuitous borrowing of easily recognised phases (or moments) from other music (or movies) in a recording.
  6. (obsolete) Example; pattern.
    • 1611 April (first recorded performance), William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Cymbeline”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene i], page 369 ↗, column 2:
      [The King] Liu’d in Court / (Which rare it is to do) moſt prais’d, moſt lou’d, / A ſample to the yongeſt.
Synonyms Translations Translations Translations Translations Translations
  • Russian: семпл
  • Spanish: muestra, sample

sample (samples, present participle sampling; past and past participle sampled)

  1. (transitive) To take or to test a sample or samples of.
  2. (transitive, signal processing) To reduce a continuous signal (such as a sound wave) to a discrete signal.
  3. (music, transitive) To reuse a portion of (an existing sound recording) in a new piece of music.
  4. (transitive, computer graphics) To make or show something similar to a sample.
Translations Translations
  • German: abtasten
  • Portuguese: samplear
  • Russian: семплировать
  • Spanish: samplear, muestrear, mostrear


sample (uncountable)

  1. (emergency medicine) Initialism of signs and symptoms, allergies, medications, past pertinent history, last oral intake, events leading to present illness

Proper noun
  1. Surname

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