Population means the number of people in a geographic area. It can also be used for subgroups of people or animals. The city’s population has passed 8 million––who knows what that means for the rat population living off their garbage? Ugh.
The word population––and also the word populace––derive from the Latin populus, “people.” To remember that population is connected to people, think about the words popular, populist, pop culture, pop music. Don’t think about pop corn––unless you’re thinking about the movie-going population that lives on it.
the people who inhabit a territory or state
a group of organisms of the same species inhabiting a given area
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.)
the act of populating (causing to live in a place)
(statistics) the entire aggregation of items from which samples can be drawn