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Noun: parameter  pu'ra-mi-tu(r)
  1. A constant in the equation of a curve that can be varied to yield a family of similar curves
    - parametric quantity
  2. Any factor that defines a system and determines (or limits) its performance
  3. (computing) a reference or value that is passed to a function, procedure, subroutine, command, or program
    - argument
  4. A quantity (such as the mean or variance) that characterizes a statistical population and that can be estimated by calculations from sample data

Derived forms: parameters

Type of: address, computer address, constant, constant quantity, factor, invariable, quantity, reference, value

Encyclopedia: Parameter