from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state of being populous, or of having many inhabitants in proportion to extent of territory.

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  • noun The quality of being populous


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  • Mrs. Mittin led immediately to the town, and Camilla was struck with its neatness, and surprised by its populousness.


  • She said, It hath reached me, O auspicious King, that when the high officials returned and reported, “We have found in the empire nor ruined site nor rotten brick,” the Just King thanked his God and said, “Verily the affairs of the realm are best-conditioned and its ordinance is excellent and its populousness hath reached the pink of perfection.”

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • For instance, in 1556, Gaspar da Cruz, a Dominican friar, augured success for the Christian mission in China because “the Chinas exceed all others in populousness, in greatness of the realm, in excellence of polity and government, and in abundance of possessions and wealth.”

    The Romance of China: Excursions to China in U.S. Culture: 1776-1876

  • This enormous long avenue of hulls that were destined to be food, gave us a sense of the vast populousness of the moon world second only to the effect of our first glimpse down the shaft.

    First Men in the Moon

  • Close to the beach are scores of villages, while the crowded shore indicates the populousness of the place beyond.

    How I Found Livingstone

  • The populousness of the coast is very impressive, and the gulf everywhere was equally peopled with fishing-boats, of which we passed not only hundreds, but thousands, in five hours.

    Unbeaten Tracks in Japan

  • Where the religion of a country enforces consecrated buildings, the number of those buildings may be supposed to afford some indication, however uncertain, of the populousness of the place; but where by a change of manners a nation is contented to live without them, their decay implies no diminution of inhabitants.

    A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland

  • In a country fully inhabited, however afterward laid waste, evident marks will remain of its former populousness.

    A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland

  • The whole number will then be nine hundred, or nine to a square mile; a degree of populousness greater than those tracts of desolation can often show.

    A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland

  • Natural as it is to be somewhat incredulous concerning the populousness of the more enormous creatures of the globe, yet what shall we say to Harto, the historian of Goa, when he tells us that at one hunting the King of Siam took 4,000 elephants; that in those regions elephants are numerous as droves of cattle in the temperate climes.

    Moby Dick; or the Whale


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