population meaning

[ ˌpɔpju'leiʃən ] Pronunciation:   "population" in a sentence
  • Noun: population  `pópyu'leyshun
    1. The people who inhabit a territory or state
      "the population seemed to be well fed and clothed" 
    2. A group of organisms of the same species inhabiting a given area
      "they hired hunters to keep down the deer population" 
    3. (statistics) the entire aggregation of items from which samples can be drawn
      "it is an estimate of the mean of the population"
      - universe 
    4. The number of inhabitants (either the total number or the number of a particular race or class) in a given place (country or city etc.)
      "people come and go, but the population of this town has remained approximately constant for the past decade"; "the African-American population of Salt Lake City has been increasing" 
    5. The act of populating (causing to live in a place)
      "he deplored the population of colonies with convicted criminals"

    Derived forms: populations

    See also: populate

    Type of: accumulation, aggregation, assemblage, collection, colonisation [Brit], colonization, group, grouping, integer, people, settlement, whole number

    Encyclopedia: Population Population, Theories of

  • [Business]
    AmE / noun


    1 [C with sing./pl. verb; U]

    all the people who live in a particular area, city or country; the total number of people who live there:

    One third of the world's population consumes two thirds of the world's resources.

    The city of Guangzhou has a population of over six million.

    An estimated twenty per cent of the population are unemployed.

    The town has an ageing population.

    The government has revised its forecasts for population growth.

    2 [C with sing./pl. verb]

    a particular group of people living in a particular area:

    The textile industry employs a third of the working population.

    About six per cent of the adult population do not have a bank account.

    The rural population faces severe economic hardship.

  • [Electronics]
    In statistical analysis, the total group of items, quantities, or values under consideration. Sometimes called universe.

  • [Medicine]
    The total number of individuals inhabiting a particular region or area. n
    1 : the whole number of people or inhabitants in a country or region
    a : a body of persons or individuals having a quality or characteristic in common
    b (1) : the organisms inhabiting a particular locality (2) : a group of interbreeding organisms that represents the level of organization at which speciation begins
    3 : a group of individual persons, objects, or items from which samples are taken for statistical measurement


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  1. war and disease had thinned the population.
  2. the population gravitates towards the town.
  3. the country needs an educated population.
  4. famine and war have thinned the population.
  5. the earthworm population had declined by 70%.

Related Words

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  2. popularly meaning
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  7. population based planning meaning
  8. population census meaning
  9. population characteristic meaning
  10. population characteristics meaning
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