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

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 potential targets of this sampling include a comet, the dwarf planet Ceres, and a trojan asteroid. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 19 Apr. 2022 The personalized plates that were approved by the Registry of Motor Vehicles during the coronavirus pandemic provide a snapshot into the psyches of a sampling of Massachusetts motorists. Emily Sweeney, BostonGlobe.com, 30 Mar. 2022 The system began as a grassroots research effort in 2020 but has grown to a network of more than 400 wastewater sampling sites nationwide, representing the feces of approximately 53 million Americans. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 4 Feb. 2022 Kirby notes that the strength of the tracking is only as good as the depth of the sampling sites. Alice Park, Time, 4 Feb. 2022 Here’s a sampling of some of the festive displays found in neighborhoods like DeTonti Square, Oakleigh, Old Dauphinway and Leinkauf, where Mardi Gras is back and bigger than ever. Michelle Matthews | Mmatthews@al.com, al, 4 Feb. 2022 Here’s a small sampling of unforgettable actors who were never Oscar-nominated: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Gong Li, Giulietta Masina, Toshiro Mifune, Jeanne Moreau and Ingrid Thulin. Tim Gray, Variety, 27 Jan. 2022 Here’s a sampling of highlights from Saturday’s episode, some of which contain profanity. Los Angeles Times, 16 Jan. 2022 Here’s a sampling of Arizona's best Christmas lights and holiday events. Roger Naylor, The Arizona Republic, 16 Nov. 2021 See More

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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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27 May 2022

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“Sampling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sampling. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for sampling

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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