- the total number of persons inhabiting a country, city, or any district or area.
- the body of inhabitants of a place: The population of the city opposes the addition of fluorides to the drinking water.
- the number or body of inhabitants in a place belonging to a specific social, cultural, socioeconomic, ethnic, or racial subgroup: the native population; the working-class population.
- Statistics. any finite or infinite aggregation of individuals, not necessarily animate, subject to a statistical study.
- the assemblage of a specific type of organism living in a given area.
- all the individuals of one species in a given area.
- the act or process of populating: Population of the interior was hampered by dense jungles.
Origin of population
Examples from the Web for population
As of 2013, Jews make up 1.8 to 2.2 percent of the adult U.S. population.Why Was Bess Myerson the First and Last Jewish Miss America?
January 7, 2015
Veterans are a small minority of the population, as well, serving the greater whole.A Veteran’s View: NYC Cold War Between Cops and City Hall
December 29, 2014
Improving an economy is a lot harder with only half the population working.The Women Battling an Islamist Strongman
December 22, 2014
In Guinea, just 42 percent of the population aged 15-24 can both read and write a “short simple statement” in their everyday life.The Radio Battle to Educate Ebola’s Kids
December 11, 2014
Nearly 85 percent of its population are expats drawn to work in the rapidly growing tax-havens.Middle East Murder Mystery: Who Killed an American Teacher in Abu Dhabi?
December 3, 2014
What, then, must be the population of the British empire if the increase in one city was at that rate?Explorations in Australia
As our population has expanded, the Union has been cemented and strengthened.
Since that period a population of four millions has multiplied to twelve.
The first thing that strikes the stranger at Nice is its Italian population.In the Heart of Vosges
Of all classes of our population the most vicious is that of the free colored.The Works of Whittier, Volume VII (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
- (sometimes functioning as plural) all the persons inhabiting a country, city, or other specified place
- the number of such inhabitants
- (sometimes functioning as plural) all the people of a particular race or class in a specific areathe Chinese population of San Francisco
- the act or process of providing a place with inhabitants; colonization
- ecology a group of individuals of the same species inhabiting a given area
- astronomy either of two main groups of stars classified according to age and location. Population I consists of younger metal-rich hot white stars, many occurring in galactic clusters and forming the arms of spiral galaxies. Stars of population II are older, the brightest being red giants, and are found in the centre of spiral and elliptical galaxies in globular clusters
- Also called: universe statistics the entire finite or infinite aggregate of individuals or items from which samples are drawn
Word Origin and History for population
1610s, from Late Latin populationem (nominative populatio) "a people; a multitude," as if from Latin populus "a people" (see people (n.)). Population explosion is first attested 1953.
- The total number of people inhabiting a specific area.
- The set of individuals, items, or data from which a statistical sample is taken.
- All the organisms that constitute a specific group or occur in a specified habitat.
- A group of individuals of the same species occupying a particular geographic area. Populations may be relatively small and closed, as on an island or in a valley, or they may be more diffuse and without a clear boundary between them and a neighboring population of the same species. For species that reproduce sexually, the members of a population interbreed either exclusively with members of their own population or, where populations intergrade, to a greater degree than with members of other populations. See also deme.