Meaning of POPULATION in English


ˌ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ˈlāshən noun

( -s )

Etymology: Late Latin population-, populatio, from Latin populus people + -ation-, -atio, -ation


a. : the whole number of people or inhabitants occupying a specific geographical locality (as an institution, a country, a world)

when in operation, the building will have a daily population of 35,000 — Pencil Points

the entire adult male population of the island except for two old men — Thor Heyerdahl

b. : the total number or amount of things especially within a given area

the tractor population of American farms increased — Reporter

an enormous population of china, ivory, and bronze figures — Osbert Lancaster

2. : the act or process of populating

encourage population of colonies


a. : a body of persons having some quality or characteristic in common and usually thought of as occupying a particular area

a floating population of drifters and rogues

a healthy rural population


(1) : the organisms inhabiting a particular area or biotope

an interesting xerophilic population

the Southern states have shown an average increase … in their beef populations — New York Times

(2) : a group of interbreeding biotypes that represents the level of organization at which speciation begins — compare raciation

4. mathematics : a group of individual persons, objects, or items from which samples are taken for measurement statistically

• pop·u·la·tion·al | ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷|lāshən ə l, -shnəl adjective

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