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Etymology

Old English sample, asaumple, Old French essample, example, from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] exemplum.

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Noun

Singular
sample

Plural
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  1. 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.
  2. (music) Gratuitous borrowing of easily recognised phases (or moments) from other music (or movies) in a recording, used to emphasize a particular point by implying a certain context.
  3. (obsolete) Example; pattern.
    "Thus he concludes, and every hardy knight His sample followed." -Fairfax.

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Verb

Infinitive
to sample

Third person singular
samples

Simple past
sampled

Past participle
-

Present participle
sampling

to sample (third-person singular simple present samples, present participle sampling, simple past and past participle sampled)
  1. To make or show something similar to; to match.
  2. To take or to test a sample or samples of; as, to sample sugar, teas, wool, cloth.

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