- 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.
Examples from the Web for parameters
In my mind, the parameters you can set and monitor in the best way is to do it in the safety net of a competition.
I think how you think of yourself and what your parameters are as a human being really come into focus at that period of time.Jamie Lee Curtis and Naomi Foner on What It Means to Be ‘Very Good Girls’|Jamie Lee Curtis|July 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It succeeds within its own parameters, but it never administers the maximum-voltage jolt of genuine surprise.Ted Thompson’s Debut Novel Features A 1 Percenter As Its Hero|Stefan Beck|May 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Within these parameters, it leaves only a handful of GOP senators available to draw the short straw.Only the GOP’s ‘Short Straw’ Caucus Can Raise the Debt Ceiling|Ben Jacobs|February 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He was ultimately willing to work within the parameters of fiction, but still make it as accurate as it could be.The Cross-Dressing Revolutionary: Alex Myers’ New Novel|Eric Herschthal|February 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
These parameters will be considered further in the discussion.
The first distinction regards the number of these parameters.
If some of the parameters are capable of continuous variation and some are not, the group is called a mixed group.
The two parts of the energy must then be expressed as functions of the parameters q and of their derivatives.
If all the parameters are capable of continuous variation, the group is called a continuous group.
British Dictionary definitions for parameters
Word Origin for parameter
Word Origin and History for parameters
A geometry term until 1920s when it yielded sense of "measurable factor which helps to define a particular system" (1927). Common modern meaning (influenced by perimeter) of "boundary, limit, characteristic factor" is from 1950s. Related: Parametric.
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Culture definitions for parameters
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.