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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Example  \Ex*am"ple\,  n.  [A  later  form  for  ensample,  fr  L. 
  exemplum  orig.,  what  is  taken  out  of  a  larger  quantity,  as  a 
  sample,  from  eximere  to  take  out  See  {Exempt},  and  cf 
  {Ensample},  {Sample}.] 
  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  ?  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. 
 
  Syn:  Precedent;  case;  instance. 
 
  Usage:  {Example},  {Instance}.  The  discrimination  to  be  made 
  between  these  two  words  relates  to  cases  in  which  we 
  give  ``instances''  or  ``examples''  of  things  done  An 
  instance  denotes  the  single  case  then  ``standing'' 
  before  us  if  there  be  others  like  it  the  word  does 
  not  express  this  fact  On  the  contrary,  an  example  is 
  one  of  an  entire  class  of  like  things  and  should  be  a 
  true  representative  or  sample  of  that  class.  Hence  an 
  example  proves  a  rule  or  regular  course  of  things  an 
  instance  simply  points  out  what  may  be  true  only  in 
  the  case  presented.  A  man's  life  may  be  filled  up  with 
  examples  of  the  self-command  and  kindness  which  marked 
  his  character,  and  may  present  only  a  solitary 
  instance  of  haste  or  severity.  Hence  the  word 
  ``example''  should  never  be  used  to  describe  what 
  stands  singly  and  alone.  We  do  however,  sometimes 
  apply  the  word  instance  to  what  is  really  an  example, 
  because  we  are  not  thinking  of  the  latter  under  this 
  aspect,  but  solely  as  a  case  which  ``stands  before 
  us.''  See  {Precedent}. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Example  \Ex*am"ple\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Exampled};  p.  pr  & 
  vb  n.  {Exampling}.] 
  To  set  an  example  for  to  give  a  precedent  for  to  exemplify; 
  to  give  an  instance  of  to  instance.  [Obs.]  ``I  may  example 
  my  digression  by  some  mighty  precedent.''  --Shak. 
 
  Burke  devoted  himself  to  this  duty  with  a  fervid 
  assiduity  that  has  not  often  been  exampled,  and  has 
  never  been  surpassed.  --J.  Morley. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  example 
  n  1:  a  single  item  of  information  that  is  representative  of  a 
  type  "this  patient  provides  a  typical  example  of  the 
  syndrome";  "there  is  a  good  example  on  page  10"  [syn:  {illustration}, 
  {instance},  {representative}] 
  2:  a  representative  form  or  pattern;  "I  profited  from  his 
  example"  [syn:  {model}] 
  3:  something  to  be  imitated;  "an  exemplar  of  success";  "a  model 
  of  clarity";  "he  is  the  very  model  of  a  modern  major 
  general"  [syn:  {exemplar},  {model},  {good  example}] 
  4:  punishment  intended  as  a  warning  to  others  "they  decided  to 
  make  an  example  of  him"  [syn:  {deterrent  example},  {lesson}, 
  {object  lesson}] 
  5:  an  occurrence  of  something  "it  was  a  case  of  bad  judgment"; 
  "another  instance  occurred  yesterday";  "but  there  is 
  always  the  famous  example  of  the  Smiths"  [syn:  {case},  {instance}] 
  6:  a  task  performed  or  problem  solved  in  order  to  develop  skill 
  or  understanding;  "you  must  work  the  examples  at  the  end 
  of  each  chapter  in  the  textbook"  [syn:  {exercise}] 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Example 
  of  Christ  (1  Pet.  2:21;  John  13:15);  of  pastors  to  their  flocks 
  (Phil.  3:17;  2  Thess.  3:9;  1  Tim.  4:12;  1  Pet.  5:3);  of  the  Jews 
  as  a  warning  (Heb.  4:11);  of  the  prophets  as  suffering 
  affliction  (James  5:10). 
 




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