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 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 City by city The analysis uses data from 50 Chinese cities for a representative sampling of the factors at work across the country. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "China is on track to beat its peak-emissions pledge," 30 July 2019 On one hand, film offers a more arresting medium than writing for sampling and juxtaposing different sources. Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, "The Profound Silence of Marshawn Lynch," 14 June 2019 Attendance is free; cost is $10 for beer/wine sampling. Janelle Werthmann, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Business notes for Thursday, April 5, 2018," 3 Apr. 2018 More than just tasting the good grapes, the weekend is a traveling party, as wineries offer special labels and vintages for sampling, small-bite food pairings, and at some places, live entertainment. San Francisco Chronicle, "Lake County events a blend of wine, wings and water," 3 Apr. 2018

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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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17 Mar 2020

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“Sampling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sampling. Accessed 30 Mar. 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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