the total number of people 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 populationthe 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.
- pop·u·la·tion·al, adjective
- pop·u·la·tion·less, adjective
- re·pop·u·la·tion, noun
- sub·pop·u·la·tion, noun
- su·per·pop·u·la·tion, noun
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How to use population in a sentence
Now, Covid-19 demographics are changing again — shifting back into older populations.
According to the UN, about 40 percent of the world’s population lives within 60 miles of an ocean.Microsoft Had a Crazy Idea to Put Servers Under Water—and It Totally Worked | Vanessa Bates Ramirez | September 17, 2020 | Singularity Hub
The federal government will release a dashboard to help states map these populations, the playbook said.Top health official says states need about $6 billion from Congress to distribute coronavirus vaccine | Lena H. Sun | September 16, 2020 | Washington Post
The United States would still be responsible for 11 percent of global deaths, despite constituting only about 4 percent of the world’s population.Trump blames blue states for the coronavirus death toll — but most recent deaths have been in red states | Philip Bump | September 16, 2020 | Washington Post
They are actually in a situation where they could afford to wait for the outcome of ongoing phase 3 trials, understand the safety and efficacy properly, without compromising their population.China has quietly vaccinated more than 100,000 people for Covid-19 before completing safety trials | Lili Pike | September 11, 2020 | Vox
Even other men of color considered Revels a curious figure, for Mississippi had never had a large free black population.The Black Man Who Replaced Jefferson Davis in the Senate | Philip Dray | January 7, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
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? | Emily Shire | January 7, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Furthermore, mixed race children are the fastest growing population in the country.
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 | Matt Gallagher | December 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
For the first time in American history, rural America has been losing population.
Nowhere can be found a region capable of supporting a larger population to the square mile than Lombardy.Glances at Europe | Horace Greeley
This again is inexact, since there are no precise figures of population that cover the period.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice | Stephen Leacock
Massed on the plateau above the mule-path, the whole population of the village stood to watch them down the steep descent.Rosemary in Search of a Father | C. N. Williamson
In a population of angels a socialistic commonwealth would work to perfection.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice | Stephen Leacock
Never had the black population of the city listened to or witnessed a more eloquent appeal.The Homesteader | Oscar Micheaux
British Dictionary definitions for population
(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 area: the 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
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Scientific definitions for population
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.
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