Specimens

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Specimen \Spec"i*men\, noun [L., fr. specere to look, to behold. See {Spy}.] A part, or small portion, of anything, or one of a number of things, intended to exhibit the kind and quality of the whole, or of what is not exhibited; a sample; as, a specimen of a man's handwriting; a specimen of a person's blood; a specimen of painting; aspecimen of one's art. [1913 Webster +PJC]

Syn: Sample; model; pattern.

Usage: {Specimen}, {Sample}. A specimen is a representative of the class of things to which it belongs; as, a specimen of photography. A sample is a part of the thing itself, designed to show the quality of the whole; as, a sample of sugar or of broadcloth. A cabinet of minerals consists of specimens; if a part be broken off from any one of these, it is a sample of the mineral to which it belongs. "Several persons have exhibited specimens of this art before multitudes of beholders." --Addison. "I design this but for a sample of what I hope more fully to discuss." --Woodward.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

specimen

noun

1: an example regarded as typical of its class

2: a bit of tissue or blood or urine that is taken for diagnostic purposes; "they collected a urine specimen for urinalysis"


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