adjective, ampler, amplest.
fully sufficient or more than adequate for the purpose or needs; plentiful; enough: an ample supply of water; ample time to finish.
of sufficient or abundant measure; liberal; copious: an ample reward.
of adequate or more than adequate extent, size, or amount; large; spacious; roomy: ample storage space.

1400–50; late Middle English < Anglo-French < Latin amplus wide, large

ampleness, noun

1. See plentiful. 2. generous, free, abounding, lavish, plenteous, overflowing. Ample, liberal, copious, profuse describe degrees of abundant provision. Ample implies a plentiful provision: to give ample praise. Liberal implies provision from a generous supply (more than ample but less than copious ): Liberal amounts of food were distributed to the needy. Copious implies an apparently inexhaustible and lavish abundance: a copious flow of tears. Profuse implies a still more unrestrained abundance of provision or flow: profuse in his apologies. 3. extensive, vast, great, capacious.

2. scanty, meager. Unabridged
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ample (ˈæmpəl)
1.  more than sufficient; abundant: an ample helping
2.  large in size, extent, or amount: of ample proportions
[C15: from Old French, from Latin amplus spacious]

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Word Origin & History

mid-15c., from M.Fr. ample, from L. amplus "large, spacious." Related: Amply (1550s).
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Computing Dictionary

AMPLE definition

language, music
A FORTH-like language for programming the 500/5000 series of add-on music synthesisers for the BBC Microcomputer. AMPLE was produced by Hybrid Technologies, Cambridge, England in the mid 1980s. Many AMPLE programs were published in Acorn User magazine.

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Example sentences
The risk of rising inflation-the standard penalty for lax monetary policy-is
  slight given ample spare capacity in rich economies.
Breaking stock offerings were sufficient to ample for normal to over-time
  processing schedules.
Bears given ample food reproduce normally.
This fungal disease thrives in high-humidity areas with ample summer rain.
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