Definition of Parameter

1. Noun. A constant in the equation of a curve that can be varied to yield a family of similar curves.

Exact synonyms: Parametric Quantity
Generic synonyms: Constant, Constant Quantity, Invariable
Specialized synonyms: Degree Of Freedom
Derivative terms: Parametric

2. Noun. Any factor that defines a system and determines (or limits) its performance.
Generic synonyms: Factor

3. Noun. (computer science) a reference or value that is passed to a function, procedure, subroutine, command, or program.
Exact synonyms: Argument
Generic synonyms: Value, Address, Computer Address, Reference
Category relationships: Computer Science, Computing

4. Noun. A quantity (such as the mean or variance) that characterizes a statistical population and that can be estimated by calculations from sample data.
Generic synonyms: Quantity

Definition of Parameter

1. n. A term applied to some characteristic magnitude whose value, invariable as long as one and the same function, curve, surface, etc., is considered, serves to distinguish that function, curve, surface, etc., from others of the same kind or family.

Definition of Parameter

1. Noun. (context: mathematics physics) A variable kept constant during an experiment, calculation or similar. ¹

2. Noun. (programming) A name in a function or subroutine definition that is replaced by, or bound to, the corresponding actual argument when the function or subroutine is called: a formal parameter. ¹

3. Noun. (programming) The value which is passed into the function to instantiate such a name; the argument or actual parameter. ¹

4. Noun. A characteristic or feature that distinguishes something from others ¹

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Definition of Parameter

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Medical Definition of Parameter

1. A variable whose measure is indicative of a quantity or function that cannot itself be precisely determined by direct methods, for example, blood pressure and pulse rate are parameters of cardiovascular function and the level of glucose in blood and urine is a parameter of carbohydrate metabolism. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Literary usage of Parameter

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1. Elements of the Differential and Integral Calculus by William Anthony Granville, Percey Franklyn Smith (1904)
"Variable parameter. The equation of a curve generally involves, besides the variables x and y, certain constants upon which the size, shape, and position of ..."

2. Elements of the Differential and Integral Calculus by William Anthony Granville (1904)
"CHAPTER XVIII ENVELOPES 141. Family of curves. Variable parameter. The equation of a curve generally involves, besides the variables x and y, ..."

3. A Course in Mathematical Analysis by Édouard Goursat, Earle Raymond Hedrick (1917)
"One-parameter groups. * Every set of an infinite number of transformations, ... To each value of the parameter a corresponds thus a definite transformation. ..."

4. Lectures on the Calculus of Variations by Oskar Bolza (1904)
"We are now going to remove this restriction by assuming henceforth all curves expressed in parameter- representation. a) Generalities concerning curves in ..."

5. History: Fiction of Science? by Anatoly T. Fomenko (2005)
"In other words, it has to be an “unconscious parameter” mooted deep enough to ... 2) The parameter that we're after must correspond to a certain “regular ..."

6. Theoretical Kinematics by Oene Bottema, Bernard Roth (1990)
"CHAPTER X «-parameter MOTIONS 1. Two-parameter spatial motions A space £ has six degrees of freedom when it moves without constraints with respect to a ..."

7. A Treatise on Infinitesimal Calculus: Containing Differential and Integral by Bartholomew Price (1865)
"7%e Differentiation of a Definite Multiple Integral with respect to a Variable parameter. 217.] If a parameter, capable of variation, is contained in the ..."

8. A Treatise on Conic Sections: Containing an Account of Some of the Most by George Salmon (1879)
"Find the principal parameter of the parabola 9z2 + ... Find the parameter of the parabola a" ab A2 ab (o" + *2)^. ..."

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