sampling

noun
sam·​pling | \ˈsam-pliŋ, for senses 1 & 3 -p(ə-)liŋ \

Definition of sampling 

1 : the act, process, or technique of selecting a suitable sample specifically : the act, process, or technique of selecting a representative part of a population for the purpose of determining parameters or characteristics of the whole population

2 : a small part selected as a sample for inspection or analysis ask a sampling of people which candidate they favor

3 : the introduction or promotion of a product by distributing trial packages of it

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Examples of sampling in a Sentence

The reporter asked a sampling of people about their eating habits. a sampling of the menu's entrées We were given a sampling of the food. The band does a lot of sampling.
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But the astonishing range of Degas’s technical experimentation comes through most clearly in a sampling of his trademark ballerinas. M.j. Andersen, WSJ, "‘French Pastels: Treasures From the Vault’ Review: Delicate and Delightful," 14 July 2018 In a random sampling, the number of valid signatures must exceed 110 percent of the number of signatures required. Lori Weisberg, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Will convention center initiative qualify for ballot? Signatures are turned in," 9 July 2018 The Post found that in a sampling of 50 eviction cases at Hampton last year, tenants owed an average of $760 in rent and were an average of 17 days late when Hannity's property manager filed for eviction. Aaron C. Davis And Shawn Boburg, chicagotribune.com, "Sean Hannity's properties in low-income areas take an aggressive approach to rent collection," 11 May 2018 According to a study done by Dr. Stacy L. Smith, in a sampling of 150 songs on Billboard's Hot Latin Songs chart between 2015-2017, on average, female solo artists only occupied six percent of the chart. Suzette Fernandez, Billboard, "Becky G, Karol G and Yuridia Sound Off on Issues Women in Music Face," 30 Apr. 2018 Earlier this year, the state Child Advocate’s Office examined home schooling records in a sampling of six school districts across Connecticut – urban, suburban and rural. Josh Kovner, courant.com, "Hundreds Of Connecticut Children Home Schooled In Households Where Abuse, Neglect Suspected," 26 Apr. 2018 With the basics covered, Risen orders a sampling to orient me to three basic regions: the Lowlands, farthest south, extending from the border with England to a bit above Edinburgh; the Highlands, the rest of the mainland; and the Islands. Chloe Schama, Vogue, "Demystifying Single Malt Scotch," 21 Nov. 2018 Perhaps the best part is that parents will have a great time too, reliving childhood dreams at the Pinball Museum or sampling delicacies at the iconic Pike Place Market. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The best things to do with kids in 13 U.S. cities," 20 Nov. 2018 This sampling maneuver will not occur until July 2020. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "NASA’s daring asteroid mission unfurls its sampling arm for the first time," 16 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of sampling

1778, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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sampling

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sampling

: a small group of people or things taken from a larger group and used to represent the larger group

: a small amount of something that is offered to someone to try

: the act of using a small part of a recording (such as a song) as part of another recording

sampling

noun
sam·​pling | \ˈsam-pliŋ \

Medical Definition of sampling 

1 : the act, process, or technique of selecting a suitable sample specifically : the act, process, or technique of selecting a representative part of a population for the purpose of determining parameters or characteristics of the whole population

2 : sample obtain a sampling of urine

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