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 County officials hand-counted a statistically significant sampling of ballots and conducted two logic and accuracy tests of voting machines. Robert Anglen, The Arizona Republic, "Experts call for federal monitors of Arizona Senate election audit, citing violations of voting laws," 1 May 2021 In addition to the sampling of wind gusts below, trees are reported down in the city and surrounds. Washington Post, "PM Update: Winds will remain very strong this evening, waning some after midnight," 30 Apr. 2021 Here is a sampling of fan reactions to Tuesday’s news. Los Angeles Times, "It’s Britney, your Honor. Spears fans are eager for pop star to speak at hearing," 28 Apr. 2021 Those figures are drawn from a sampling of coronavirus cases and don’t account for all cases in the state. BostonGlobe.com, "A year into COVID, hospitals find a new normal," 20 Apr. 2021 In Paterson, a recent one-day sampling of 5,400 students showed that 306 children were logged in from outside the country, the deputy superintendent, Susana Peron, said. New York Times, "Why Students Are Logging In to Class From 7,000 Miles Away," 8 Apr. 2021 And according to a sampling of more than 250 frisks performed during that time, 83% were conducted on Black people. Elliot Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Justifying stops, frisks still an 'alarming' issue for Milwaukee police, but new leadership changes are encouraging, report says," 5 Apr. 2021 Genomic sampling of roughly 5% of all positive COVID-19 test samples in Minnesota suggests that B.1.1.7 is now responsible for more than half of new infections in the state. Jeremy Olson, Star Tribune, "Antibody therapy promoted amid Minnesota COVID-19 spike, 2,553 new infections," 2 Apr. 2021 This list is certainly not exhaustive but a sampling of those that have been around a while. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "9 places for a variety of corned beef sandwiches on St. Patrick's Day," 16 Mar. 2021

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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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3 May 2021

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“Sampling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sampling. Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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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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