sample-n; 2 Senses

Sense Number 1: Selecting a portion of an aggregate to be statistically representative.

Commentary: SAMPLE[+event][+numeric]

We took a sample of the total population.
Researchers make a sample of the true distribution.

PropBank: sample.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 2

Sense Number 2: A physical portion of all or part of a natural object that is collected and preserved as an example of its class or total.

Commentary: SAMPLE[+event][+physical]

We should take some samples from the patient's liver.
Scientists made samples of the rock bed.

PropBank: NM
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3