Definition of population
1a : the whole number of people or inhabitants in a country or regionb : the total of individuals occupying an area or making up a wholec : the total of particles at a particular energy level —used especially of atoms in a laser
2 : the act or process of populating
3a : a body of persons or individuals having a quality or characteristic in commonb (1) : the organisms inhabiting a particular locality (2) : a group of interbreeding organisms that represents the level of organization at which speciation begins
4 : a group of individual persons, objects, or items from which samples are taken for statistical measurement
populationalplay \-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective
Examples of population in a Sentence
The world's population has increased greatly.
The city has experienced an increase in population.
There has been a sharp reduction in the bat population in this region.
the rural population of America
Recent Examples of population from the Web
International migrants as a percentage of the populationSource: United Nations Trump Russia: Vladimir Putin has repeatedly praised Trump, who campaigned on a pledge to build better relations with Russia.
In 1997, the population was estimated at 567 individuals.
The population of East Hampton quadruples in the summer months and the airport is flooded with visitors.
Casualty estimates for an attack on the civilian population are much higher, with some studies projecting more than 300,000 dead in the opening days.
Learn how to help stray cat populationA program on how to help outside cats with Trap-Neuter-Return is from 10 to noon July 15 at PAWS, 8301 W. 191st St., Tinley Park.
How the district serves and supports minority populations.
But Mizrahi or part-Mizrahi Jews make up roughly half of Israel's Jewish population.
In Perry County, 40 percent of the population lives below the federal poverty line, the highest of any county in the state.
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Origin and Etymology of population
Late Latin population-, populatio, from Latin populus
First Known Use: 1612See Words from the same year
POPULATION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of population for English Language Learners
: the number of people who live in a place
: a group of people or animals of a particular kind that live in a place
POPULATION Defined for Kids
Definition of population for Students
1 : the whole number of people living in a country, city, or area
2 : a group of people or animals living in a certain place the deer population
Word Root of population
The Latin word populus, meaning “people,” gives us the root popul. Words from the Latin populus have something to do with people. A population is the group of people living in a particular place. Anything popular is common among or enjoyed by many people. A place that is populous has many people living in it.
Medical Definition of population
1: the whole number of people or inhabitants in a country or region
2a: a body of persons or individuals having a quality or characteristic in commonb (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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