a sample of cloth or other material.
a sample, patch, or characteristic specimen of anything.

1505–15; akin to switch Unabridged
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swatch (swɒtʃ)
1.  a sample of cloth
2.  a number of such samples, usually fastened together in book form
3.  printing
 a.  a small sample of colour supplied to the printer for matching during printing
 b.  a sample of ink spread on paper by a printer to check the accuracy of a required colour
[C16: Scottish and northern English, of uncertain origin]

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Word Origin & History

1512, "the countercheck of a tally" (Northumberland dialect), later "a tally attached to cloth sent to be dyed" (1612, in Yorkshire), of unknown origin. Meaning "a sample piece of cloth" is from 1647.
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Example sentences
When disposing of items such as carpet and wall paper, keep a swatch or other
  sample of the damaged item for the adjuster.
If so, try to keep a swatch or other sample of the items for the adjuster.
If you dispose of items, keep a swatch or sample for the adjustor.
Look at a swatch of it and you will want to throw your hair into a side
  ponytail and make a bowl of microwave popcorn.
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