from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun All of the people inhabiting a specified area.
  • noun The total number of such people.
  • noun The total number of inhabitants constituting a particular race, class, or group in a specified area.
  • noun The act or process of furnishing with inhabitants.
  • noun Ecology All the organisms that constitute a specific group or occur in a specified habitat.
  • noun Statistics The set of individuals, items, or data from which a statistical sample is taken.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In biometry, a species, race, variety, or group of organisms that can be differentiated from other groups.
  • noun The act or process of populating or peopling: as, the rapid population of the country still continues.
  • noun The whole number of people or inhabitants in a country, county, city, or other locality: as, the population has increased 20,000 in four years; also, a part of the inhabitants in any way distinguished from the rest: as, the German population of New York.
  • noun The state of a locality with regard to the number of its inhabitants; populousness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act or process of populating; multiplication of inhabitants.
  • noun The whole number of people, or inhabitants, in a country, or portion of a country.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The people living within a political or geographical boundary
  • noun A count of the number of residents within a political or geographical boundary such as a town, a nation or the world.
  • noun biology A collection of organisms of a particular species, sharing a particular characteristic of interest, most often that of living in a given area
  • noun statistics A group of units (persons, objects, or other items) enumerated in a census or from which a sample is drawn
  • noun computing The act of filling initially empty items in a collection.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the people who inhabit a territory or state
  • noun 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.)
  • noun (statistics) the entire aggregation of items from which samples can be drawn
  • noun the act of populating (causing to live in a place)
  • noun a group of organisms of the same species inhabiting a given area


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Late Latin populatio ("a people, multitude"), as if a noun of action from Classical Latin populus.


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  • I've seen it written that:

    If the population of China walked past you, 8 abreast, the line would never end because of the rate of reproduction.

    Now, whatcha thnik?

    October 5, 2007

  • That's all very well about China's population,

    but walking eight-abreast, how would they cope with copulation?

    October 5, 2007

  • Shouldn't be a problem if the lines were appropriately alternated for the purpose of procreation doggy-style, yes? It would be a greater problem, I would think, when the waddling gave way to birthing, however!

    October 5, 2007

  • Eeew.

    October 5, 2007

  • In statistics, the group of measurements (not organisms) about which one wishes to draw conclusions.

    In the words of statistician Jerrold H. Zar: If a study is concerned with the blood-glucose concentration in three-year-old children, then the blood-glucose levels in all children of that age are the population of interest.

    October 15, 2010