Origin of sampling
- a small part of anything or one of a number, intended to show the quality, style, or nature of the whole; specimen.
- Statistics. a subset of a population: to study a sample of the total population.
- a sound of short duration, as a musical tone or a drumbeat, digitally stored in a synthesizer for playback.
- serving as a specimen: a sample piece of cloth.
- to take a sample or samples of; test or judge by a sample.
Origin of sample
Examples from the Web for sampling
Overall, the average duration of illness at sampling was nine days.Did One Liberian Prostitute Give Ebola to Eight Soldiers?
October 7, 2014
For example, Ed explained to me that while a sampling a beat is a well-known device in rap music, he samples colors.Bam! Pow! Bling! Hip-Hop's History Gets the Graphic Novel Treatment
August 25, 2014
Minaj dropped her newest single Anaconda on Monday, a Sir Mix-A-Lot sampling ode to her own assets.Beyoncé’s ‘Flawless’ Lyrics Tease Her Elevator Drama with Jay Z
August 5, 2014
A sampling of comments on various news sites makes the political divide surrounding this ad painfully clear.Anti-Gun Ad Featuring Dildos Is a Huge Misfire
June 30, 2014
The report claims not only that the study measured for cannabis and risk of accident, but that it was a sampling of national data.The Truth About Driving While Stoned
June 12, 2014
She had his tin stew-pan on the fire and was bending over it, sampling the contents.
Dog and herder sniffed the evening air, sampling the new odor.
The sampling and the cabin and the tunnel count for assessment work.The Man from the Bitter Roots
To understand what this means, it is useful to contrast quotation and sampling.The Civilization of Illiteracy
He walked back to the anteroom and looked at the sampling chamber.The Bramble Bush
Gordon Randall Garrett
- the process of selecting a random sample
- a variant of sample (def. 2)
- the process of taking a short extract from (a record) and mixing it into a different backing track
- a process in which a continuous electrical signal is approximately represented by a series of discrete values, usually regularly spaced
- a small part of anything, intended as representative of the whole; specimen
- (as modifier)a sample bottle
- Also called: sampling statistics
- a set of individuals or items selected from a population for analysis to yield estimates of, or to test hypotheses about, parameters of the whole population. A biased sample is one in which the items selected share some property which influences their distribution, while a random sample is devised to avoid any such interference so that its distribution is affected only by, and so can be held to represent, that of the whole populationSee also matched sample
- (as modifier)sample distribution
- (tr) to take a sample or samples of
- to take a short extract from (one record) and mix it into a different backing track
- to record (a sound) and feed it into a computerized synthesizer so that it can be reproduced at any pitch
Word Origin and History for sampling
c.1300, "something which confirms a proposition or statement," from Anglo-French saumple, a shortening of Old French essample, from Latin exemplum "a sample" (see example). Meaning "small quantity (of something) from which the general quality (of the whole) may be inferred" (usually in a commercial sense) is recorded from early 15c.; sense of "specimen for scientific sampling" is from 1878. As an adjective from 1820.
"to test by taking a sample," 1767, from sample (n.). Earlier "to be a match for" (1590s). Related: Sampled; sampling.
In statistics, a group drawn from a larger population and used to estimate the characteristics of the whole population.