sampling

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

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 margin of sampling error was plus or minus 3.9 percentage points and 3.1 percentage points, respectively. Hope Yen, chicagotribune.com, "Pew poll: Significant majority of U.S. vets think Iraq, Afghanistan wars were not worth fighting," 11 July 2019 That poll surveyed 554 respondents and had a margin of sampling error of plus or minus five percentage points. Matt Stevens, New York Times, "Kamala Harris Surges in 3 Polls After Strong Debate Performance," 2 July 2019 Additional sampling will be performed at the MDC plant, and there will be a cleanup of the Signature Flight hangar and surrounding grounds. Gregory B. Hladky, courant.com, "State officials seek to reassure public on health risks from Farmington River chemical spill," 3 July 2019 The Bandidos breakfast burrito ($6.50) offered up the most balanced experience of my burrito samplings. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "This Mexican restaurant near U of L serves up some indulgent (and big!) food," 3 July 2019 Here’s a sampling of Adler events to attend and PBS programs to watch. Bianca Sanchez, chicagotribune.com, "Adler celebrates moon landing’s 50th anniversary, plus what’s on PBS when you land back home," 2 July 2019 Here is a sampling from a dozen shops across the country where tubs of vanilla and chocolate stand side by side with those of orange blossom, soursop, labneh, chikoo, li hing mui and ginataang mango malunggay. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "Celebrating America, Scoop by Frosty Scoop," 2 July 2019 To date, the number of games that employ such tricks via proprietary Nvidia tech (global illumination, ray tracing, deep-learning super-sampling) can be counted on your fingers. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Nvidia refreshes RTX line: “Super” GPUs add performance at same MSRP," 2 July 2019 So this summer, the ELA team is beginning microplastic research by sampling background concentrations of particles in nine lakes. Matt Simon, WIRED, "How Remote Lakes Could Help Unravel the Mysteries of Microplastic," 1 July 2019

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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 How to pronounce sampling (audio) \

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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