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Usage statistics for the noun population:

imaginative writing5.31%informational writing94.69%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun population:

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Definition of the noun population

What does population mean as a name of something?

Population is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: populations

  1. the people who inhabit a territory or state
    • example: the population seemed to be well fed and clothed
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • more generic word: people = any group of human beings (men or women or children) collectively
    • more specific term: home front = the civilian population (and their activities) of a country at war
  2. a group of organisms of the same species inhabiting a given area
    • example: they hired hunters to keep down the deer population
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • more generic words: group / grouping = any number of entities (members) considered as a unit
    • more specific word: overpopulation = too much population
  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.)
    • 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
    • lexical domain: Quantities - nouns denoting quantities and units of measure
    • more generic terms: integer / whole number = any of the natural numbers (positive or negative) or zero
  5. the act of populating (causing to live in a place)
    • example: he deplored the population of colonies with convicted criminals
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic words: colonisation / colonization / settlement = the act of colonizing

Specialised definition of the noun population

Glossary of biology

assemblage of individual organisms of defined ages and growth stages belonging to one species within a specified location in space and time (1992. Selected Terms and Acronyms. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Pesticide Programs, Washington D.C.)


  1. "Population" is the second studio album by Canadian indie rock band The Most Serene Republic. It was recorded and mixed by Ryan Mills, Mike Kuehn and Ryan Lenssen at Sleepytown Sound in Toronto. The album was released on October 2, 2007 through Arts & Crafts. This is the first album to feature the band's new rhythm section of Tony Nesbitt-Larking and Simon Lukasewich. The album artwork features the Muji toy "suburbia in a bag".
    • genre: Indie rock
    • released on (8 years ago)
  2. "Population" is a musical album of Bomba.
    • released on (15 years ago)
  3. "Population" is a composition.
  4. "Population" is a musical EP of Robert Hood.
    • released in (15 years ago)


  1. "Population" is a book by Louis Henry.
    • also known as "Population: analysis and models"
  2. "Population" is a book by Robert Black.
    • also known as "Population: a progress report: an OECD Development Centre overview of the population scene in 1974"
  3. "Population" is a book by Valerie Kincade Oppenheimer.
  4. "Population" is a book by George Mosby.
  5. "Population" is a book by A. M. Carr-Saunders.


  1. Population: A population is a summation of all the organisms of the same group or species, which live in the same geographical area, and have the capability of interbreeding.
  2. Population is an information source, namespace.
  3. Population: Total population measured as having this religion.

Phrases with Population

  1. Population Mean
  2. population shift
  3. population growth
  4. population control
  5. Population density
  6. population profile
  7. Population genetics
  8. Population Explosion
  9. population scientist
  10. population commission
  11. Study Population

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Population

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Google previewAdaptive Tests of Significance Using Permutations of Residuals with R and SAS (2012)

by Thomas W. O'Gorman

ADAPTIVE ESTIMATION OF THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN TWO POPULATION MEANS In this section we will compare the traditional estimator of the difference between population means to the adaptive estimator. The model, as we ...

Google preview50 Years of EU Economic Dynamics (2007)

Integration, Financial Markets and Innovations by Richard Tilly, Paul J.J. Welfens, Michael Heise

Population is the fundamental determinant of the potential size of a country or global region. Only a region with a substantial population size has the potential for developing into a global center, high population is a necessary, although not a ...

Google previewApplied Statistics: From Bivariate Through Multivariate Techniques (2012)

From Bivariate Through Multivariate Techniques by Rebecca M. Warner

When the real magnitude of the difference between population means is relatively small, as in Figure 3.4, ...

Google previewCommercializing Great Products with Design for Six Sigma (2006)

by Randy C. Perry, David Bacon

Confidence Interval for the Difference between Two Population Means The data in Table 292 that were used earlier in a 2sample ttest to determine whether the population mean thicknesses from two films differed by more than 0.05 mil can ...

Google previewBiostatistics for Animal Science (2009)

by Miroslav Kaps, William R. Lamberson

A population is a set of all units that share some characteristics of interest. Usually a population is defined in order to make an inference about it. For example a population could be all Simmental cattle in Croatia, but it could also be a set of ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia of Environmental Pollution, Agriculture and Health Hazards: Population development, environment and health (2004)

by A. K. Shrivastava

Chapter 2 POPULATION GROWTH A. FERTILITY, MORTALITY AND POPULATION GROWTH RATES BASIS FOR ACTION The growth of the world population is at an all-time high in absolute numbers, with current increments approaching 90 ...

Google previewThe Environment Dictionary (2002)

by David Kemp

DENATURING rate high; death ; population ncreasing birth and death high; population but stable through which most European and North American developed nations have passed. In Stage 1, birth and death rates are high and populations ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Health Communication (2014)

by Teresa L. Thompson

uncontrolled population growth and the development of persuasive communication messages as the wayto achieve behavior change in the target population. The growing populations in the global south and among the poor inthe global north ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Genetics (2014)

by Eric C.R. Reeve

Selfish genes are another likely source of the spread of new alleles in a population, though it is yet to be determined how important they may be. With the advent of molecular techniques, mitochondrial analysis has contributed to population ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Human Development (2005)

by Neil J. Salkind

Research studies typically include a sample group that is presumed to represent a larger population. For example, if the researcher is interested in the understanding of friendship during middle childhood, it is impossible to test all children in ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia of Environmental Pollution, Agriculture and Health Hazards: Agriculture and food (2004)

by A. K. Shrivastava

Chapter 3 POPULATION AND FOOD NUTRITIONAL INTAKE IN INDIA INTRODUCTION The dynamics and inter-linkages between population and food have concerned humanity for ages. Thomas Malthus was the first one to raise the issue, ...

Google previewThe Greenwood Encyclopedia of Children's Issues Worldwide (2008)

by Irving Epstein

Canada, the United States, and Mexico — the North American cases included in this volume — are all large countries in terms of territorial extension and population. Canada has a population of 32.6 million and 3,849,670 square miles; the ...

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Small photo of SHANGHAI, CHINA - DEC 27, 2016: Old aged building in the slum districts of Shanghai, China. Shanghai is the most populous city proper in the world with a population of more than 24 millionSmall photo of AUCKLAND - FEB 07 2018:Auckland city center skyline.Auckland City is the most populous district in New Zealand with population of over 450,000 people.Small photo of Fisheye view of over-crowded housing in Hong Kong's old residential district of Quarry Bay. With a population of over 7 million, Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated areas in the world.Small photo of SHANGHAI - NOV 4, 2012: Old Chinese people in East Nanjing Road, Shanghai, China. China is facing the aging population problem due to its 36 years one child policy.Small photo of KUALA LUMPUR, MAY 16 2018: Street in Kuala Lumpur. KL is the capital and most populous city in Malaysia. Covers an area of 243 km2 and has population of 1.6 million in 2012Small photo of KUALA LUMPUR, APRIL 18 2018: Street in Kuala Lumpur. KL is the capital and most populous city in Malaysia. Covers an area of 243 km2 and has population of 1.6 million in 2012Small photo of KUALA LUMPUR, MAY 16 2018: Street in Kuala Lumpur. KL is the capital and most populous city in Malaysia. Covers an area of 243 km2 and has population of 1.6 million in 2012 More...

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Quotes about Population

I fail to understand how you can justify a poll tax on the entire population, yet exclude a significant proportion of that population from programmes that this tax is paying for. (Jonathan Dimbleby)
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Scrabble value of P3O1P3U1L1A1T1I1O1N1

The value of this 10-letter word is 14 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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