Population means the number of people in a geographic area. It can also be used for subgroups of people or animals. The city's population has passed 8 million––who knows what that means for the rat population living off their garbage? Ugh.


The act or process of populating; multiplication of inhabitants.

the act of populating (causing to live in a place); "he deplored the population of colonies with convicted criminals"

(statistics) the entire aggregation of items from which samples can be drawn; "it is an estimate of the mean of the population"

a group of organisms of the same species populating a given area; "they hired hunters to keep down the deer population"

the people who inhabit a territory or state; "the population seemed to be well fed and clothed"

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 Af


The act or process of populating; multiplication of inhabitants.

The whole number of people, or inhabitants, in a country, or portion of a country; as, a population of ten millions.


Pop`u*la"tion , n. [L. populatio: cf. F. population.] 1. The act or process of populating; multiplication of inhabitants. 2. The whole number of people, or inhabitants, in a country, or portion of a country; as, a population of ten millions.

The act or process of populating; multiplication of inhabitants.


Usage Examples

Low levels of vitamin D in the population as a whole suggest that most people need to take a vitamin D supplement. This may be especially true for seniors, as the ability to synthesize vitamin D in the skin declines with age.

By 2050, the Australian population is expected to grow from 22 million to 36 million. That increase alone will put huge pressure on our towns and our cities. We will need more homes, more roads, more rail lines, more hospitals, more schools, just to accommodate so many Australians.

And we know there has been horrendous loss of life and suffering and we know that there is anger. Anyone who came anywhere near the general election in constituencies with a substantial Muslim population knows that.

In the US, there is basically one party - the business party. It has two factions, called Democrats and Republicans, which are somewhat different but carry out variations on the same policies. By and large, I am opposed to those policies. As is most of the population.

It's coming home to roost over the next 50 years or so. It's not just climate change it's sheer space, places to grow food for this enormous horde. Either we limit our population growth or the natural world will do it for us, and the natural world is doing it for us right now.

I won't compare ants and people, but ants give us a useful model of how single members of a community can become so organized that they end up resembling, in effect, one big collective brain. Our own exploding population and communication technology are leading us that way.

Education... has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading.

A very Faustian choice is upon us: whether to accept our corrosive and risky behavior as the unavoidable price of population and economic growth, or to take stock of ourselves and search for a new environmental ethic.

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Other Usage Examples

African Americans make up about 13 percent of the U.S. population but comprise 32 percent of patients treated for kidney failure, giving them a kidney failure rate that is 4.2 times greater than that of white Americans.

After all the fertile land in the immediate neighbourhood of the first settlers were cultivated, if capital and population increased, more food would be required, and it could only be procured from land not so advantageously situated.

About 20 per cent of the population believe themselves to have a food allergy and only about five per cent actually do.

Japan actually is an aging population, and so as the population has aged, they have had a lot more problems with health.

My home State of North Carolina ranks 12th in the United States for increased aging population and, according to a national report, 41st in overall health. According to this same report, individuals aged 50+ are the least healthy.

Another cause of change, one less noticeable but fundamental, is the modern growth of population closely connected with scientific and medical discoveries. It is interesting that the United Nations has set up a special Commission to study this question.

I know that if the peace movement takes its message boldly to the Negro people a powerful force can be secured in pursuit of the greatest goal of all mankind. And the same is true of labor and the great democratic sections of our population.

Of course, a positive growth rate might be taken as evidence that a population is below its optimum.

Black people dominate sports in the United States. 20% of the population and 90% of the final four.


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