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sample

  1. part of a total population that can be analysed to make inferences about the whole population (see SAMPLING).
  2. a small amount of raw material or finished product whose quality or performance can be tested as a guide to the quality or performance of a whole batch of material or product (see QUALITY CONTROL, ACCEPTANCE SAMPLING).
  3. a small trial pack of a product or brand which is used to encourage buyers to try it out (see SALES PROMOTION).
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Then the Interpreter placed on the ground before them the samples of lives; and there were many more lives than the souls present, and they were of all sorts.
If Bauerstein's the murderer, nothing could be simpler than for him to substitute some ordinary coco for his sample, and send that to be tested.
He assures them that their last sample is impure and quite useless for his present purpose.
Only when a new sample comes from the chemist, there's a bit of a break.
If this is a sample of the wilds of Honduras, give me the tameness of Shopton.
I suppose this child is about a fair sample of what thousands of your heathen are.
Newer methods that avoid this growth step, however, would facilitate direct high-throughput analysis of native samples from surveillance, including active samples preserved by cold chain as well as inactive samples preserved by ethanol fixation (29).
Some work has been conducted on samples that have been immersed in liquids, or a variety of atmospheric conditions (refs.
A total of 7 of 69 water samples were positive by reverse transcription-PCR.
Q We use the visual comparison method to rate sectioned samples for hydrogen level to evaluate solidified reduced pressure samples.
Using the standard test method, samples are compressed at room temperature, placed in a hot air oven for a specified period, and then removed immediately from the fixture and allowed to cool in an uncompressed state on a thermally nonconductive surface to room temperature.
In addition, we participated in a study in which Monsanto sent 25 urine samples to the CDC for analysis.