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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Yeahs and Jack Johnson—is built from acoustic samplings of Federer smacking a tennis ball in his inimitable sort of way. Corey Seymour, Vogue, "Roger Federer Just Dropped a Vinyl Dance Single," 27 July 2018 Co-hosted with Sheboygan's 3 Sheeps Brewing, the festival hosts more than 30 craft breweries with more than 100 beers available for sampling. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Start making pretzel necklaces now: Beer festival season is in full pour," 9 July 2018 Browse the photos above for a sampling, and see more market tours below. Keith Flanagan, USA TODAY, "A taste of Tel Aviv's largest open-air market," 19 June 2018 The second review was of a broader sampling of Mr. Cullen’s columns unrelated to the Marathon bombings. BostonGlobe.com, "Statement from the Globe," 15 June 2018 The monthly figures are based on a sampling of 140,000 products sold both in stores and online. Patricia Cohen, New York Times, "E-Commerce Might Help Solve the Mystery of Low Inflation," 11 June 2018 Each work in Nathaniel Mary Quinn's bracing show at M+B is keyed to a single song, but the imagery comes about through a process of sampling. Leah Ollman, latimes.com, "Like song sampling as painting: Nathaniel Mary Quinn's puzzle-like portraits of personhood," 6 June 2018 Because audits rely on sampling, some skulduggery will inevitably slip through. The Economist, "Reforming the Big Four," 24 May 2018 Enjoy all the benefits included in the Grand Tasting - unlimited samplings of chef creations from local restaurants, tastings of fine wines and craft beers, access to chef demonstrations and seminars. Indianapolis Star, "Save on Wine & Food Experience Tickets," 24 May 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 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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