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a small part or quantity intended to show what the whole is like:investigations involved analyzing samples of handwriting a specimen taken for scientific testing or analysis:a urine sample Statistics a portion drawn from a population, the study of which is intended to lead to statistical estimates of the attributes of the whole population. a small amount of a food or other commodity, especially one given to a prospective customer. a sound created by sampling.
verb [with object]
take a sample or samples of (something) for analysis:bone marrow cells were sampled (as adjective, with submodifier sampled)a survey of two hundred randomly sampled households try the qualities of (food or drink) by tasting it. get a representative experience of:sample the pleasures of Saint Maarten Electronics ascertain the momentary value of (an analog signal) many times a second so as to convert the signal to digital form. record or extract a small piece of music or sound digitally for reuse as part of a composition or song.