Meaning of PARAMETER in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ pə-ˈram-ə-tər ]


Etymology: New Latin, from para- + Greek metron measure — more at measure

Date: 1852


a. : an arbitrary constant whose value characterizes a member of a system (as a family of curves) ; also : a quantity (as a mean or variance) that describes a statistical population

b. : an independent variable used to express the coordinates of a variable point and functions of them — compare parametric equation

2. : any of a set of physical properties whose values determine the characteristics or behavior of something

parameter s of the atmosphere such as temperature, pressure, and density

3. : something represented by a parameter : a characteristic element ; broadly : characteristic , element , factor

political dissent as a parameter of modern life

4. : limit , boundary — usually used in plural

the parameter s of science fiction

• para·met·ric ˌpa-rə-ˈme-trik adjective

• para·met·ri·cal·ly -tri-k(ə-)lē adverb

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