population explosion

noun

: a pyramiding of numbers of a biological population
especially : the recent great increase in human numbers resulting from increased survival and exponential population growth

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Liberal limits have not solved the population explosion. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, 16 Oct. 2022 This type of population explosion is typical for the entire area. Dave Epstein, BostonGlobe.com, 27 Sep. 2022 But as growth soars in the major metro areas, spillover from the population explosion has led to a development boon in the Hill Country. Annie Blanks, San Antonio Express-News, 4 Mar. 2022 Despite all the challenges of making a home here, the island has seen something of a recent population explosion, at least in percentage terms. New York Times, 10 Jan. 2022 The 15-member panel tasked with redrawing county commission boundaries in the wake of Orange County’s population explosion over the last decade appears to have settled on a map, which would keep Hispanic voting majorities in two districts. Stephen Hudak, orlandosentinel.com, 10 Dec. 2021 Both also acknowledged that will pose major challenges, especially in light of Herriman’s population explosion and the problems that have come with it. The Salt Lake Tribune, 28 Oct. 2021 In late October 1971, Parks appears in another Sentinel article, this time as part of a series of vignettes about Central Florida’s population explosion. Dewayne Bevil, orlandosentinel.com, 20 Oct. 2021 People of color fueled the state’s population explosion since 2010, with much of the growth concentrated in cities and suburbs, census data show. Sami Sparber, Dallas News, 4 Oct. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1903, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of population explosion was in 1903

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“Population explosion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/population%20explosion. Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

Medical Definition

population explosion

noun

: a pyramiding of numbers of a biological population
especially : the recent great increase in human numbers resulting from both increased survival and exponential population growth

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