Example

Definition of Example

Ex`am´ple
n.1.One or a portion taken to show the character or quality of the whole; a sample; a specimen.
2.That which is to be followed or imitated as a model; a pattern or copy.
For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.
- John xiii. 15.
I gave, thou sayest, the example; I led the way.
- Milton.
3.That which resembles or corresponds with something else; a precedent; a model.
Such temperate order in so fierce a cause
Doth want example.
- Shak.
4.That which is to be avoided; one selected for punishment and to serve as a warning; a warning.
Hang him; he'll be made an example.
- Shak.
Now these things were our examples, to the intent that we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.
- 1 Cor. x. 6.
5.An instance serving for illustration of a rule or precept, especially a problem to be solved, or a case to be determined, as an exercise in the application of the rules of any study or branch of science; as, in trigonometry and grammar, the principles and rules are illustrated by examples.
v. t.1.To set an example for; to give a precedent for; to exemplify; to give an instance of; to instance.
[imp. & p. p. Exampled ; p. pr. & vb. n. Exampling .]
Burke devoted himself to this duty with a fervid assiduity that has not often been exampled, and has never been surpassed.
- J. Morley.

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