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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Recent Examples on the Web

The county currently allows sampling only in conjunction with a tour of the business. Susan Demar Lafferty, Daily Southtown, "Will County addresses growing demand for barn weddings, beekeeping and tasting rooms," 11 July 2018 The treatment plan includes rigorous water sampling to allow adjustments for dosage levels for subsequent applications planned for later this summer. Courant Community, "Community News For The Windham Edition," 10 July 2018 A few months after that, the grocer announced plans to lower prices, boost its selection of groceries and add new in-store features, such as sampling stations. Katherine Peralta, charlotteobserver, "Fresh Market to close one of its Charlotte stores," 9 July 2018 These are a sampling of Boynton Beach residents arrested and booked into the county jail; they have not been convicted of the charges listed and are presumed innocent. Judith Zizzo, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Child pornography, illegal firearms among recent Boynton arrests," 3 July 2018 The sampling and subsequent analysis will be performed once every two weeks to follow drug use over time. Justin Chen, BostonGlobe.com, "Below the street, robots turn sewers into sensors," 1 July 2018 The crowd included a representative sampling of the area, including whites, Latinos, African-Americans, Muslims and young children, Arreola said. Gloria Casas, Elgin Courier-News, "Elgin Township official whose mother was deported among speakers at Elgin rally against immigration policy," 30 June 2018 Events frequently turn the walkable area into a jubilee, and entire days and evenings can be passed sampling craft cocktails, a bevy of microbrews and organic fare. Natasha Bourlin, SFChronicle.com, "Increasingly hip Midtown Reno has a glow that’s not from neon," 29 June 2018 There’s also a generous sampling of the stereoscopic photos made to be viewed through them, and a look at early attempts at 3-D film. Susan Delson, WSJ, "In a Los Angeles Exhibition, 3-D in All Its Dimensions," 29 June 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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