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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Recent Examples on the Web Visitors can scroll through photo and video previews each vendor has uploaded to give a sampling of their wares. Jeff Rumage, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Cedarburg's Strawberry Festival, canceled last week due to the coronavirus, is going virtual," 7 May 2020 The Washington Post-Ipsos poll was conducted April 27-May 4 through Ipsos's KnowledgePanel, a large online survey panel recruited through random sampling of U.S. households. Anchorage Daily News, "77% of laid-off workers believe they will return to their old job, poll finds," 7 May 2020 At the bottom, see a sampling of the many restaurants graded as an A for no violations. Ebony Day, azcentral, "Tortillas stored in grocery store bag among violations on this week's restaurant inspection list," 6 May 2020 The New York estimate was based on a sampling of 3,000 grocery store shoppers. Andrew Joseph, STAT, "The results of coronavirus ‘serosurveys’ are starting to be released. Here’s how to kick their tires," 24 Apr. 2020 Here is a sampling of what the kids wanted to know, followed by the mayor’s answer. Teri Webster, Dallas News, "Plano mayor answers kids’ questions about coronavirus in virtual town hall meeting," 21 Apr. 2020 The bar, Ales & Tales, is also delivering cocktails with a sampling of everything else patrons normally receive: crackers, basil-flecked hummus and infused water. Vivian Yee, New York Times, "Beirut’s Nightlife Survived Civil War. Can It Withstand Pandemic?," 11 Apr. 2020 The review included a random sampling of 29 applications from eight FBI field offices out of 700 total filings, including representative samples of counterintelligence and counterterrorism applications. Jerry Dunleavy, Washington Examiner, "Not just Carter Page: DOJ watchdog finds flaws in dozens of FISA applications," 31 Mar. 2020 Next season in theory If Jackson-Davis returns for his sophomore season — a sampling of mock drafts suggests the Center Grove alumnus is still down the draft pecking order a ways — Indiana could be well-positioned for 2021. Zach Osterman, Indianapolis Star, "NCAA tournament dreams dashed, IU ventures into college basketball's uncertain offseason," 16 Mar. 2020

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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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12 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Sampling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sampling. Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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sampling

noun
How to pronounce sampling (audio) How to pronounce sampling (audio)

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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