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Meaning of PARAMETER

Pronunciation:  pu'ramitur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a constant in the equation of a curve that can be varied to yield a family of similar curves
  2. [n]  a quantity (such as the mean or variance) that characterizes a statistical population and that can be estimated by calculations from sample data
  3. [n]  any factor that defines a system and determines (or limits) its performance

PARAMETER is a 9 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: parametric quantity
 See Also: constant, constant quantity, degree of freedom, factor, quantity



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Pa*ram"e*ter\, n. [Pref. para- + -meter: cf. F.
   (a) (Math.) 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. --Brande & C.
   (b) Specifically (Conic Sections), in the ellipse and
       hyperbola, a third proportional to any diameter and
       its conjugate, or in the parabola, to any abscissa and
       the corresponding ordinate.

Note: The parameter of the principal axis of a conic section
      is called the latus rectum.

2. (Crystallog.) The ratio of the three crystallographic axes
   which determines the position of any plane; also, the
   fundamental axial ratio for a given species.

Computing Dictionary

formal argument

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