From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishsamplesam‧ple1 /ˈsɑːmpəl $ ˈsæm-/ ●●● S3 W2 noun [countable] 1 PARTa small part or amount of something that is examined in order to find out something about the wholesample of I’d like to see some samples of your work. They took a blood sample to test for hepatitis.2 TRY something TO SEE IF IT IS GOODa small amount of a product that people can try in order to find out what it is likesample of free samples of a new shampoo3 GROUP OF PEOPLEa small group of people who have been chosen from a larger group to give information or answers to questions The sample consisted of 98 secondary school teachers. Out of a random sample of drivers, 21% had been in an accident in the previous year. a nationally representative sample of over 950 elderly persons4 a small part of a song from a CD or record that is used in a new song Her latest album makes extensive use of samples from a wide range of acid jazz tracks.COLLOCATIONSNOUN + samplea blood/urine/tissue etc sampleHe compared the samples with a blood sample from Mr Green.a water/soil etc sampleThey analysed soil samples collected from streams.a DNA sampleArchaeologists are studying DNA samples from ancient Egyptian mummies.verbstake/collect a sampleThe study took samples from workers at four nuclear plants.give/provide a sampleHe said he had once fainted when giving a sample of blood.analyse/test a sampleAll the samples were tested for bacteria.
Examples from the Corpussample• When oxygen diffuses into the buffer from a sample, it is reduced at the cathode.• Bill visits public libraries on weekends, converts an underutilized closet into a dark-room, borrows refrigerator space to hold samples.• Bile was then collected continuously in 15 minute samples.• Nevertheless, storage of samples at very high temperatures can be useful.• Analysis for significance were done using Student's t test for paired samples and the two group t test for unpaired samples.• Cytogenetic analysis was successful in all placental samples.• These responses were drawn from a random sample of the electorate.• She based her analysis on data from a representative sample of women and men aged 18-25.• The moisture content of wood may be determined simply by weighing a small sample before and after oven drying.• 56% of the women in the sample said that they supported the government's policies.• Because its characteristics can be treated mathematically it is central to quality control via samples.sample of• I'll need to look at a sample of his handwriting.• They were giving out free samples of ice cream at the store.representative sample• All employees or a representative sample answered the questionnaire.• There are two main ways in which such a representative sample can be constructed.• These samples have been found to be very similar socioeconomically to a representative sample.• A representative sample of case histories follows.• Using a nationally representative sample, this study examines the effects on family life of elderly persons in the household.• These large juries were clearly intended to provide a reasonably representative sample of popular opinion.• In the case of such representative sample, the population parameters can be estimated from the sample values. samplesample2 ●●○ verb [transitive] 1 TASTE OF FOOD OR DRINKto taste food or drink in order to see what it is like a chance to sample the local food2 GROUP OF PEOPLEto choose some people from a larger group in order to ask them questions or get information from them 18% of the adults sampled admitted having had problems with alcohol abuse.3 TRY TO DO OR GET somethingto try an activity, go to a place etc in order to see what it is like Here’s your chance to sample the delights of country life.4 to use a small part of a song from a CD or record in a new song Many of his songs have been sampled by other artists.→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpussample• Next, you will sample a Duo of Foie Gras.• We are able to sample a few of the tubes by vacuuming the sediment.• The results are based on a poll of 1000 randomly sampled adults.• Then we build our salad, sampling each wild thing as we add it to the big wooden bowl.• Second-pass silicon will sample in the third quarter, with mass production coming by the end of the year.• Mike Rowbottom has been sampling it.• Tim Littler has seen to it that guests will sample some of the great wines of the world with their dinner.• I decided to sample the chocolate cheesecake.• The hotel provides an excellent base from which visitors can sample the delights of scuba diving and waterskiing.• You were on business visiting the offices where she works and decided to sample the food in the canteen.• You should sample the local nightlife while you're here.From Longman Business Dictionarysamplesam‧ple1 /ˈsɑːmpəlˈsæm-/ noun [countable]1a number of people or things chosen from a large group to take part in studies that provide information about the whole groupsample ofOf a sample of executives in 600 companies, 15% had no plans to do business in the EU.The survey was based on a random sample (=a number of people or things chosen without knowing anything about them) of households from all income groups.The agency interviewed a representative sample (=a specially chosen group including several different types of people) of 1,003 people in the city.2MARKETINGa small amount of a product that people can use or look at in order to find out what it is likeHe used the product after receiving a free sample in the mail.We were shown some sample pages for the new book.3a small part or amount of something that is tested in order to find out something about the wholesample ofA sample of the water showed that it contained high amounts of sodium. → judgement samplesamplesample2 verb [transitive]1to ask a group of people chosen from a larger group questions, in order to get information or opinions from them, so as to better understand the larger groupFour different groups of adults were sampled for the survey.2to try a small amount of a product in order to find out what it is likeHere’s your chance to sample our latest product.→ See Verb tableOrigin sample1 (1200-1300) Old French essample, from Latin exemplum; → EXAMPLE