Associations to the word «Parameter»


PARAMETER, noun. (mathematics) (physics) A variable kept constant during an experiment, calculation or similar.
PARAMETER, noun. (programming) An input variable of a procedure definition, that gets an actual value (argument) at execution time (formal parameter).
PARAMETER, noun. (programming) An actual value given to such a formal parameter (argument or actual parameter).
PARAMETER, noun. A characteristic or feature that distinguishes something from others.
PARAMETER, noun. (geometry) 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.
PARAMETER, noun. (crystallography) The ratio of the three crystallographic axes which determines the position of any plane.
PARAMETER, noun. (crystallography) The fundamental axial ratio for a given species.

Dictionary definition

PARAMETER, noun. A constant in the equation of a curve that can be varied to yield a family of similar curves.
PARAMETER, noun. Any factor that defines a system and determines (or limits) its performance.
PARAMETER, noun. (computer science) a reference or value that is passed to a function, procedure, subroutine, command, or program.
PARAMETER, noun. A quantity (such as the mean or variance) that characterizes a statistical population and that can be estimated by calculations from sample data.

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