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  1. pop·u·la·tion
    IPA[ˌpäpyəˈlāSH(ə)n]
  2. noun

    • 1. all the inhabitants of a particular town, area, or country:

      the island has a population of about 78,000
    • 2. a particular section, group, or type of people or animals living in an area or country:

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

      areas of sparse population
    • 4. the action of populating an area.

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

    • 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.

  3. Variation

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

    • noun

      all the inhabitants of a particular place:

      a particular group or type of people living in a place:

    • noun

      a sudden, large increase in the size of a population.
    • noun

      (in South Africa during the apartheid era) the official term for an ethnic group.
    • noun

      a sudden, large increase in the size of a population.
    • noun

      the maintenance of a population at a constant level by limiting the number of live births to only what is needed to replace the existing population.
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