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 poll has a margin of a sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points. Savannah Behrmann, USA TODAY, "Biden leads Trump by nine points in latest Fox News poll," 28 Mar. 2020 The survey’s overall sampling error is 3.4 percentage points, with a margin of error of 5.1 percentage points for Democratic primary questions. Fox News, "Biden up 20 points over Sanders in Arizona on eve of presidential primary: poll," 16 Mar. 2020 This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. cleveland, "Shopping Guide: What to buy (and skip) in February 2020," 2 Feb. 2020 The margin of sampling error for all respondents is plus or minus 4 percentage points. Amy Forliti, The Denver Post, "AP poll shows most Americans feel grateful during the holidays — and stressed," 20 Dec. 2019 In the meantime, take the kids for a sampling of the myriad of activities happening in January at the Westlake Porter Public Library. cleveland, "Westlake library keeps the whole family busy during January," 13 Jan. 2020 Nightingale is the most northern spot, with multiple possibilities for sampling in a small crater that's contained within a larger crater filled with dark, fine-grain material. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "NASA's plan to collect the first sample from an asteroid finds its target," 12 Dec. 2019 Across Michigan, the main reason that more homes are showing up as exceeding 15 ppb in this year’s round of testing is that a new procedure for sampling is required by the state, Dean said. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit passes Michigan's stricter tests for lead contaminated water," 19 Nov. 2019 Scientists needed more small stars for sampling and so added a few at the last minute. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Big world around tiny star puts new spin on planet formation," 26 Sep. 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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31 Mar 2020

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“Sampling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sampling. Accessed 3 Apr. 2020.

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More Definitions for sampling

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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