from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. All of the people inhabiting a specified area.
- n. The total number of such people.
- n. The total number of inhabitants constituting a particular race, class, or group in a specified area.
- n. The act or process of furnishing with inhabitants.
- n. Ecology All the organisms that constitute a specific group or occur in a specified habitat.
- n. Statistics The set of individuals, items, or data from which a statistical sample is taken. Also called universe.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The people living within a political or geographical boundary
- n. A count of the number of residents within a political or geographical boundary such as a town, a nation or the world.
- n. A collection of organisms of a particular species, sharing a particular characteristic of interest, most often that of living in a given area
- n. A group of units (persons, objects, or other items) enumerated in a census or from which a sample is drawn
- n. The act of filling initially empty items in a collection.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act or process of populating; multiplication of inhabitants.
- n. The whole number of people, or inhabitants, in a country, or portion of a country.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act or process of populating or peopling: as, the rapid population of the country still continues.
- n. 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.
- n. The state of a locality with regard to the number of its inhabitants; populousness.
- n. In biometry, a species, race, variety, or group of organisms that can be differentiated from other groups.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the people who inhabit a territory or state
- n. 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.)
- n. (statistics) the entire aggregation of items from which samples can be drawn
- n. the act of populating (causing to live in a place)
- n. a group of organisms of the same species inhabiting a given area
From Late Latin populatio ("a people, multitude"), as if a noun of action from Classical Latin populus. (Wiktionary)