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  1. population
  2. noun

    • 1. all the inhabitants of a particular place:

      the island has a population of about 78,000
    • 2. a particular group or type of people living in a place:

      a city with a large student population
    • 3. the extent to which an area is or has been populated:

      areas of sparse population
    • 4. the action of populating a place.

    • 5. a community of animals, plants, or humans among whose members interbreeding occurs:

      fluctuations in populations of voles and lemmings
    • 6. a finite or infinite collection of items under consideration.

    • 7. each of three groups (designated I, II, and III) into which stars can be approximately divided on the basis of their manner of formation:

      the motions of Population II objects
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: population, plural noun: populations