sample (plural samples)
- 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
- (statistics) A subset of a population selected for measurement, observation or questioning, to provide statistical information about the population.
- (cooking) A small quantity of food for tasting, typically given away for free.
- (business) A small piece of some goods, for determining quality, colour, etc., typically given away for free.
- (music) Gratuitous borrowing of easily recognised phases (or moments) from other music (or movies) in a recording.
- (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.
- French: échantillon, extrait, exemple
- German: Probe, Muster
- Italian: campione
- Portuguese: amostra
- Russian: образе́ц
- Spanish: muestra, ejemplar
- Russian: семпл
- Spanish: muestra, sample
sample (samples, present participle sampling; past and past participle sampled)
- (transitive) To take or to test a sample or samples of.
- (transitive, signal processing) To reduce a continuous signal (such as a sound wave) to a discrete signal.
- (music, transitive) To reuse a portion of (an existing sound recording) in a new piece of music.
- (transitive, computer graphics) To make or show something similar to a sample.
- French: échantillonner, goûter (food)
- German: probieren, kosten (food)
- Italian: campionare
- Portuguese: provar, amostrar
- Russian: про́бовать
- Spanish: samplear, muestrear
- German: abtasten
- Portuguese: samplear
- Russian: семплировать
- Spanish: samplear, muestrear, mostrear
- (emergency medicine) Initialism of signs and symptoms, allergies, medications, past pertinent history, last oral intake, events leading to present illness