sample NOUN 1) a small part or quantity intended to show what the whole is like. 2) Statistics a portion of a population, serving as a basis for estimates of the attributes of the whole population. 3) a specimen taken for scientific testing or analysis. 4) a sound created by sampling.
VERB 1) take a sample or samples of. 2) get a representative experience of. 3) Electronics ascertain the momentary value of (an analogue signal) many times a second so as to convert the signal to digital form.
ORIGIN Old French essample 'example' .

English terms dictionary. 2015.