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ˈsæm plɪŋ, ˈsɑm-sam·pling

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. samplingnoun

    (statistics) the selection of a suitable sample for study

  2. sample distribution, sample, samplingnoun

    items selected at random from a population and used to test hypotheses about the population

  3. samplingnoun

    measurement at regular intervals of the amplitude of a varying waveform (in order to convert it to digital form)


  1. samplingnoun

    the process or technique of obtaining a representative sample

  2. samplingnoun

    a sample

  3. samplingnoun

    the analysis of a group by determining the characteristics of a significant percentage of its members chosen at random

  4. samplingnoun

    the measurement, at regular intervals, of the amplitude of a varying waveform in order to convert it to digital form

  5. samplingnoun

    a technique for electronically splicing pieces of previously recorded sound as part of a composition


  1. sampling

    Sampling is a statistical process or method that involves selecting a subset of individuals or observations from a larger population or dataset. This subset, known as a sample, is used to analyze, make inferences or draw conclusions about the overall population. The aim is to gain insights about the population in a manageable, cost-effective and efficient manner. Sampling techniques are commonly used in research, survey and data analysis fields.


  1. Sampling

    In music, sampling is the act of taking a portion, or sample, of one sound recording and reusing it as an instrument or a sound recording in a different song or piece. Originally developed by experimental musicians working with musique concrète and electroacoustic music, who physically manipulated tape loops or vinyl records on a phonograph by the late 1960s, the use of tape loop sampling influenced the development of minimalist music and the production of psychedelic rock and jazz fusion. However, hip hop music was the first popular music genre based around the art of sampling - being born from 1970s DJs who experimented with manipulating vinyl on two turntables. The use of sampling in popular music spread with the rise of electronic music and disco in the mid-1970s to early 1980s, the development of electronic dance music and industrial music in the 1980s, and the worldwide influence of hip hop since the 1980s on genres ranging from contemporary R&B to indie rock. Sampling is now most often done with a sampler, originally a piece of hardware, but today, more commonly a computer program. However, vinyl emulation software may also be used, and turntablists continue to sample using traditional methods. The inclusion of sampling tools in modern digital production methods increasingly introduced sampling into many genres of popular music, as well as genres predating the invention of sampling, such as classical music, jazz and various forms of traditional music.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sampling in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sampling in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of sampling in a Sentence

  1. Avi Degani:

    More of the sampling needed to be done by telephone, the Internet does not represent the state of Israel and the people of Israel.

  2. Jennifer Trosper:

    The initial thinking is that the empty tube is more likely a result of the rock target not reacting the way we expected during coring, and less likely a hardware issue with the Sampling and Caching System, over the next few days, the team will be spending more time analyzing the data we have, and also acquiring some additional diagnostic data to support understanding the root cause for the empty tube.

  3. Mary Parenteau:

    This work may support a renewed interest in sampling ancient iron deposits on Earth (e.g., Precambrian iron formations) to search for evidence of microbial life, regardless of their low organic carbon content, and may support analysis of organics in iron deposits on Mars, such as Hematite Ridge in Gale Crater.

  4. Fredrik Nicklasson:

    Well, I think they think it's quite fun - most of the time - because it also involves some blood sampling but in our family that hasn't been a big issue.

  5. The EPA:

    Air monitoring and sampling will continue until removal of heavily contaminated soil in the derailment area is complete and odors subside in the community.

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