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noun [countable] sample pronunciation in British English /ˈsɑːmp(ə)l/
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  1. 1
    an example or small amount of something that shows you what all of it is like
    sample of: I took home some samples of curtain fabrics.
    We had to bring some samples of our work to the interview.
    1. a.
      a small amount of a product that is given to people to try
      free sample: They gave me loads of free samples of their make-up.
    2. b.
      [only before noun] made as a sample
      a booklet that gives some sample examination questions
  2. 2
    a small amount of a substance that is used for scientific or medical tests
    Tests were performed on hair and blood samples.
    take/collect/obtain a sample: Researchers are taking samples of the air close to the factory.
    1. a.
      a group of people who are used for getting information about a larger group or about the whole population
      After six weeks on the drug, over 60% of the sample showed some improvement.
      The reliability of the results depends on the size of the sample.
      random sample (=chosen without any definite pattern or plan): The study took a random sample of 100 students from 3 schools.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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