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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The baby food sampling comes a week after Garner’s estranged husband Ben Affleck checked into rehab. Kathleen Joyce, Fox News, "Jennifer Garner tries her best to sell baby food at supermarket," 31 Aug. 2018 More recent sampling shows the pattern is continuing, at a potentially greater rate. Jesse Newman And Patrick Mcgroarty, WSJ, "Farms, More Productive Than Ever, Are Poisoning Drinking Water in Rural America," 18 Jan. 2019 Up there with tiger tooth extraction and female bonobo ejaculation sampling is giving a pregnant shark an ultrasound. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "Some Unborn Sharks Swim from Uterus to Uterus Inside Their Mom," 7 Jan. 2019 The agency instead would be required to have a third party verify a sampling of the information. Todd Richmond, The Seattle Times, "Wisconsin GOP legislation eases corporate tax break rules," 10 Dec. 2018 Using its instruments, OSIRIS-REx will be mapping the entirety of the asteroid’s surface, and researchers will use those maps to come up with the best candidate sampling sites. Loren Grush, The Verge, "After a two-year journey, a NASA spacecraft arrives at its target asteroid," 3 Dec. 2018 That’s a controversial idea for many paleoanthropologists who say that destructive sampling methods damage specimens that should be preserved for future study. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Ancient skull found among debris in burned Brazilian museum," 25 Oct. 2018 These are the physical remains of Black Rock City, a multiyear sampling of materials collected by the BLM after the Burners had gone home and a corps of volunteers had walked the playa with trash bags. Jonathon Keats, Discover Magazine, "The Vanishing City," 13 Aug. 2018 The voters were selected by a sampling method designed to resemble the state's demographic and regional profile. Angela Hart, sacbee, "Republicans surge past Villaraigosa in California governor's race, poll says," 10 May 2018

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First Known Use of sampling

1778, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of sampling was in 1778

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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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