- 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.
Origin of parameter
Related Words for parametersframework, specification, criterion, restriction, guideline, limitation, constant
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Contemporary Examples of 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.Mining Instagram for Models
August 15, 2014
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
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
May 6, 2014
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
February 12, 2014
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
February 4, 2014
Historical Examples of parameters
We can affect some of its parameters, but not its global behavior.
It ought then to be possible to express them all in terms of three parameters.
The first distinction regards the number of these parameters.
The ratio a : c of the parameters, or the axial ratio, is characteristic of all the crystals of the same substance.
Each communication is framed in a context constituting its parameters of pre-understanding.
Word Origin for parameter
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.
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.