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 The Orchestra of New Spain continues its sampling of zarzuela, Spanish baroque opera-lite mixing speech and song, with a staging of Sebastián Durón’s Love Conquers Impossible Love. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "Plan your listening with upcoming classical music performances," 13 Feb. 2020 However, director Robin Larsen cannot quite corral Brunstetter’s thematic irregularities, nor her confusing sampling of styles. Los Angeles Times, "A 35-year-old virgin finally gets her man, but ‘Miss Lilly’ needs more than that," 11 Oct. 2019 My highly unscientific opinion sampling suggests that Russians like their president more than we like ours. BostonGlobe.com, "What cheese can tell us about US-Russia relations - The Boston Globe," 20 Sep. 2019 The show is an extravaganza of all things floral—cut, dried, and plants—alongside tastings of the regional wines. Extend your sampling with visits to some of the area’s top wineries, which are located nearby. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "Best Places to Visit in November," 20 Sep. 2019 While most strains of E. coli are harmless, the particular strain found in the General Mills sampling involves E. coli 026, a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea and dehydration. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "Gold Medal flour recall: Its 5-pound bags may contain E. coli," 17 Sep. 2019 Though the program does not yet have its full sampling of one million records available, there is already enough data in place to allow the research team to study more than 165,000 veterans. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Huge study explores genetics of PTSD in more than 165,000 U.S. veterans," 5 Aug. 2019 The weather service first reported that a record of 89 degrees had been reached in an hourly sampling of airport weather. Jeff Parrott, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage hits an official 90 degrees for the first time on record - with an asterisk," 5 July 2019 It hasn’t been detected in sampling that started in 1984. Rob Davis | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive.com, "Barrels possibly containing Agent Orange ingredients remain months after Wallowa Lake discovery," 12 June 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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18 Feb 2020

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