- a constant or variable term in a function that determines the specific form of the function but not its general nature, as a in f(x) = ax, where a determines only the slope of the line described by f(x).
- one of the independent variables in a set of parametric equations.
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usage note for parameter
OTHER WORDS FROM parameterpar·a·met·ric [par-uh-me-trik] /ˌpær əˈmɛ trɪk/, par·a·met·ri·cal, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for parameter
There has to be more than one parameter than happiness to examine your life.
The two subspecies of H. microcephala agree more closely in this parameter than in fundamental frequency.
A considerable amount of variation in this parameter was found in all of the taxa (Table 5).
They cover a surface, and the equation of the surface is obtained by eliminating the parameter between the two equations.
The distance between the verbal and the significance of the idea is itself a parameter of the evolution from nature to culture.The Civilization of Illiteracy|Mihai Nadin
British Dictionary definitions for parameter
Derived forms of parameterparametric (ˌpærəˈmɛtrɪk) or parametrical, adjective
Word Origin for parameter
Medical definitions for parameter
Other words from parameterpar′a•met′ric (păr′ə-mĕt′rĭk) adj.
Cultural definitions for parameter
A quantity or number on which some other quantity or number depends. An informal example is, “Depending on the traffic, it takes me between twenty minutes and an hour to drive to work”; here, “traffic” is the parameter that determines the time it takes to get to work. In statistics, a parameter is an unknown characteristic of a population — for example, the number of women in a particular precinct who will vote Democratic.