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

Examples of sampling in a Sentence

  1. The reporter asked a sampling of people about their eating habits.

  2. a sampling of the menu's entrées

  3. We were given a sampling of the food.

  4. The band does a lot of sampling.

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First Known Use of sampling

1778


SAMPLING Defined for English Language Learners

sampling

noun

Definition of sampling for English Language Learners

  • : 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


Medical Dictionary

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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