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POPULATION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does population mean? 

POPULATION (noun)
  The noun POPULATION has 5 senses:

1. the people who inhabit a territory or state
2. a group of organisms of the same species populating a given area
3. (statistics) the entire aggregation of items from which samples can be drawn
4. 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.)
5. the act of populating (causing to live in a place)

  Familiarity information: POPULATION used as a noun is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


POPULATION (noun)


Sense 1population [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The people who inhabit a territory or state

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Context example:

the population seemed to be well fed and clothed

Hypernyms ("population" is a kind of...):

people ((plural) any group of human beings (men or women or children) collectively)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "population"):

home front (the civilian population (and their activities) of a country at war)


Sense 2population [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A group of organisms of the same species populating a given area

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Context example:

they hired hunters to keep down the deer population

Hypernyms ("population" is a kind of...):

group; grouping (any number of entities (members) considered as a unit)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "population"):

overpopulation; overspill (too much population)


Sense 3population [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(statistics) the entire aggregation of items from which samples can be drawn

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

universe; population

Context example:

it is an estimate of the mean of the population

Hypernyms ("population" is a kind of...):

accumulation; aggregation; assemblage; collection (several things grouped together or considered as a whole)

Domain category:

statistics (a branch of applied mathematics concerned with the collection and interpretation of quantitative data and the use of probability theory to estimate population parameters)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "population"):

subpopulation (a population that is part of a larger population)


Sense 4population [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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.)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting quantities and units of measure

Context examples:

people come and go, but the population of this town has remained approximately constant for the past decade / the African-American population of Salt Lake City has been increasing

Hypernyms ("population" is a kind of...):

integer; whole number (any of the natural numbers (positive or negative) or zero)


Sense 5population [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of populating (causing to live in a place)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Context example:

he deplored the population of colonies with convicted criminals

Hypernyms ("population" is a kind of...):

colonisation; colonization; settlement (the act of colonizing; the establishment of colonies)


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