sampling

noun

sam·​pling ˈsam-pliŋ How to pronounce sampling (audio)
for senses 1 & 3
-p(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce sampling (audio)
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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web The closure will remain in place until water sampling and observations in the field confirm the water is safe for contact. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Feb. 2024 Admission and sampling are free, and afterward, tasters get to vote for their favorite in the people’s choice award. Chris Kelly, Washington Post, 15 Feb. 2024 The extensive sampling and quality assurance processes that go into ingredient sourcing and manufacturing are often sustained by the intermediate parties, and disintermediation cuts out of the equation. Eran Mizrahi, Forbes, 15 Feb. 2024 Additional work, including verification drilling / sampling, will be required to verify the estimate as a current mineral resource. Sacramento Bee, 12 Feb. 2024 With that, a by-no-means-comprehensive sampling of TV’s winners, losers, and the much wider category of what fell in between. Brian Lowry, CNN, 11 Feb. 2024 General admission tickets are $49 and include a souvenir tasting glass, unlimited sampling of beer, wine and spirits and live entertainment. Jenny Hartley, Charlotte Observer, 1 Feb. 2024 This initial field investigation work includes geotechnical borings and samplings, utility potholing, and land surveying. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, 24 Jan. 2024 But even with the best of intentions, true random sampling is difficult. Dan Rockmore, The New Yorker, 15 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1778, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of sampling was in 1778

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“Sampling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sampling. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition

sampling

noun
sam·​pling ˈsam-pliŋ How to pronounce sampling (audio)
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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