(noun, verb)


1. a small part of something intended as representative of the whole

Definition categories: thought, example, illustration, instance, representative

2. items selected at random from a population and used to test hypotheses about the population

Similar word(s): sampling

Definition categories: thought, distribution

3. all or part of a natural object that is collected and preserved as an example of its class

Definition categories: object

Sentences with sample as a noun:

- "I design this but for a sample of what I hope more fully to discuss." -Woodward.

- " is possible it [the Anglo-Saxon race] might stand second to the Scandinavian countries [in average height] if a fair sample of their population were obtained." Francis Galton et al. (1883). Final Report of the Anthropometric Committee, Report of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, p. 269.


1. take a sample of

- Sample the regional dishes

Similar word(s): taste, try

Definition categories: consumption, consume, have, ingest, take