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1    sometimes functioning as pl   all the persons inhabiting a country, city, or other specified place  
2    the number of such inhabitants  
3    sometimes functioning as pl   all the people of a particular race or class in a specific area  
the Chinese population of San Francisco     
4    the act or process of providing a place with inhabitants; colonization  
5      (Ecology)   a group of individuals of the same species inhabiting a given area  
6      (Astronomy)   either of two main groups of stars classified according to age and location. Population I consists of hot white stars, many occurring in galactic clusters and forming the arms of spiral galaxies. Stars of population II are older, the brightest being red giants, and are found in the centre of spiral and elliptical galaxies in globular clusters  
7      (Also called)    universe     (Statistics)   the entire finite or infinite aggregate of individuals or items from which samples are drawn  

optimum population  
      n     (Economics)   a population that is sufficiently large to provide an adequate workforce with minimal unemployment  
population control  
      n   a policy of attempting to limit the growth in numbers of a population, esp. in poor or densely populated parts of the world, by programmes of contraception or sterilization  
population explosion  
      n   a rapid increase in the size of a population caused by such factors as a sudden decline in infant mortality or an increase in life expectancy  
population pyramid  
      n   a pyramid-shaped diagram illustrating the age distribution of a population: the youngest are represented by a rectangle at the base, the oldest by one at the apex  
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citizenry, community, denizens, folk, inhabitants, natives, people, populace, residents, society  

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