Definition of parameter in English:

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Pronunciation: /pəˈramɪtə/


1 technical A numerical or other measurable factor forming one of a set that defines a system or sets the conditions of its operation: there are three parameters by which a speaker is able to modify the meaning of the utterance—pitch, volume, and tempo
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  • The programming uses script files that contain specific system parameters to operate in each of these modes.
  • The set of code modules includes code modules associated with a plurality of system configuration parameters.
  • Now we need to optimize the system and improve its operation parameters and design.
1.1 Mathematics A quantity whose value is selected for the particular circumstances and in relation to which other variable quantities may be expressed.
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  • As gene diversity is a continuous variable, the expected value of the parameter was calculated using a sliding window of 0.0125.
  • Choosing different values for the various parameters in the equation he then tried to investigate when situations were stable and when they were unstable.
  • The real effort goes into testing these hypotheses and calculating the true values of parameters such as N.
1.2 Statistics A numerical characteristic of a population, as distinct from a statistic of a sample.
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  • Such a ‘rate’ can be modeled statistically by the probability parameter of a binomial distribution.
  • The spiral pattern is sufficiently regular that it leads to a numerical parameter characteristic for the species, called its divergence.
  • Typically, polymorphism in a sample is needed to perform those tests and estimate population parameters.
2A limit or boundary which defines the scope of a particular process or activity: the parameters within which the media work
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  • First, I do not accept the framework you outline above as limiting the parameters of our debate.
  • However, I can't get away from the fact that my guiding parameters are somewhat limited by my lack of motoring knowledge.
  • One of the main benefits of a home birth is the amount of control a mother can exercise over the location and parameters of the birthing process.
framework, variable, limit, boundary, limiting factor, limitation, restriction, specification, criterion, guideline
technical constant


Mid 17th century: modern Latin, from Greek para- 'beside' + metron 'measure'.

Words that rhyme with parameter

diameter, heptameter, hexameter, pentameter, tetrameter

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