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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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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.
Only when a new sample comes from the chemist, there's a bit of a break.
When Er and the spirits arrived, their duty was to go at once to Lachesis; but first of all there came a prophet who arranged them in order; then he took from the knees of Lachesis lots and samples of lives, and having mounted a high pulpit, spoke as follows:
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.
The fat lady chased a V around among the samples of gros grain flannelette in her shopping bag till she cornered it, and gave up.
'And now, Sammy,' said the old gentleman, when the whip- lashes, and the buckles, and the samples, had been all put back, and the book once more deposited at the bottom of the same pocket, 'now, Sammy, I know a gen'l'm'n here, as'll do the rest o' the bisness for us, in no time--a limb o' the law, Sammy, as has got brains like the frogs, dispersed all over his body, and reachin' to the wery tips of his fingers; a friend of the Lord Chancellorship's, Sammy, who'd only have to tell him what he wanted, and he'd lock you up for life, if that wos all.'
Focus on qualitative methods: Sample sizes in qualitative research.
A total of 107 participants in the adult sample and 134 participants in the young adult sample completed the questionnaire packet described below.
Each time he collects a plant sample, he explained, he encodes an RFID tag with the plant's scientific name, the GPS location of where it was found, and a unique identification code.
The neutron polarization attained here is ideal, since unlike other polarizers, a magnetic prism separates the two polarizations with 100 % efficiency and the spin-flip probability for either state during its passage to the sample through air in the guide field is insignificantly small.
To enable them to quickly detect the protein clumps after this extraction, the scientists had included in each sample gold particles carrying antibodies to ADDLs.
This argument cannot stand beyond the individuals in the sample subgroups compared, as it is impossible to generalize from such a small sample to all ever-pregnant adolescents in California.