- 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
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH parameterparameter , perimeter
Example sentences from the Web for parameter
His doctoral thesis was titled “Contributions to the Theory of Parametric Estimation in Randomly Censored Data.”Colorado Shooter James Holmes’s Family History Goes Back to the Mayflower|Michael Daly|July 22, 2012|DAILY BEAST
We are victims of habit, and we tend to provide such information in parametric form.Warren Commission (3 of 26): Hearings Vol. III (of 15)|The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
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.