—n. 1. a small part of anything or one of a number, intended to show the quality, style, or nature of the whole; specimen.
2. Statistics.a subset of a population: to study a sample of the total population. 3. a sound of short duration, as a musical tone or a drumbeat, digitally stored in a synthesizer for playback.
—adj. serving as a specimen: a sample piece of cloth.
—v.t. to take a sample or samples of; test or judge by a sample.