Synonyms for sampleˈsæm pəl, ˈsɑm-
a small part of something intended as representative of the whole
sample distribution, sample, sampling(noun)
items selected at random from a population and used to test hypotheses about the population
all or part of a natural object that is collected and preserved as an example of its class
sample, try, try out, taste(verb)
take a sample of
sample(noun)To make or show something similar to; to match.
sample(noun)To take or to test a sample or samples of; as, to sample sugar, teas, wool, cloth.
sample(noun)To reduce a continuous signal (such as a sound wave) to a discrete signal.
sample(verb)To reuse a portion of (an existing sound recording) in a new song.
English Synonyms and Antonyms, by James Champlin Fernald
A sample is a portion taken at random out of a quantity supposed to be homogeneous, so that the qualities found in the sample may reasonably be expected to be found in the whole; as, a sample of sugar; a sample of cloth. A specimen is one unit of a series, or a fragment of a mass, all of which is supposed to possess the same essential qualities; as, a specimen of coinage, or of architecture, or a specimen of quartz. No other unit or portion may be exactly like the specimen, while all the rest is supposed to be exactly like the sample. An instance is a sample or specimen of action. Compare EXAMPLE.
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