[pop-yuh-ley-shuh n] /ˌpɒp yəˈleɪ ʃən/
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 act or process of populating:
Population of the interior was hampered by dense jungles.
(sometimes functioning as pl) all the persons inhabiting a country, city, or other specified place
the number of such inhabitants
(sometimes functioning as pl) 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
(statistics) Also called universe. the entire finite or infinite aggregate of individuals or items from which samples are drawn
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.
population pop·u·la·tion (pŏp’yə-lā’shən)
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.
- Population control
noun 1. a policy of attempting to limit the growth in numbers of a population, esp in poor or densely populated parts of the world, by programmes of contraception or sterilization In reaction to the prediction by Thomas Malthus that the world’s population would soon outgrow its food supply, a movement began in the early […]
- Population density
noun the number of people living per unit of an area (e.g. per square mile); the number of people relative to the space occupied by them
- Population distribution
noun the arrangement or spread of people living in a given area; also, how the population of an area is arranged according to variables such as age, race, or sex
noun 1. the rapid increase in numbers of a particular species, especially in the world’s human population since the end of World War II, attributed to an accelerating birthrate, a decrease in infant mortality, and an increase in life expectancy. noun 1. a rapid increase in the size of a population caused by such factors […]