|1.||[ noun ] the people who inhabit a territory or state|
"the population seemed to be well fed and clothed"
|Related terms:||people home_front dwell|
|2.||[ noun ] (biology) a group of organisms of the same species populating a given area|
"they hired hunters to keep down the deer population"
|Related terms:||group overpopulation|
|3.||[ noun ] (statistics) the entire aggregation of items from which samples can be drawn|
"it is an estimate of the mean of the population"
|Related terms:||collection subpopulation statistics|
|4.||[ noun ] (mathematics) the number of inhabitants in a given place (country or city etc.)|
"people come and go, but the population of this town has remained approximately constant for the past decade"
|5.||[ noun ] the act of populating (causing to live in a place)|
"he deplored the population of colonies with convicted criminals"
|Related terms:||colonization people|