- The definition of a paramater is a guideline, boundary or outer limit.
An example of parameter is a guideline in which an experiment is to take place.
parameter definition by Webster's New World
- Math. a quantity or constant whose value varies with the circumstances of its application, as the radius line of a group of concentric circles, which varies with the circle under consideration
- any constant, with variable values, used as a referent for determining other variables
- : usage objected to by some
- a boundary or limit
- a factor or characteristic: usually used in pl.
Origin: Modern Latin parametrum ; from Classical Greek para-, para- plush metron, measure
- parametric adjective
parameter definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Mathematics a. A constant in an equation that varies in other equations of the same general form, especially such a constant in the equation of a curve or surface that can be varied to represent a family of curves or surfaces.b. One of a set of independent variables that express the coordinates of a point.
- a. One of a set of measurable factors, such as temperature and pressure, that define a system and determine its behavior and are varied in an experiment.b. Usage Problem A factor that restricts what is possible or what results: “all the parameters of shelter—where people will live, what mode of housing they will choose, and how they will pay for it” (New York).c. A factor that determines a range of variations; a boundary: an experimental school that keeps expanding the parameters of its curriculum.
- Statistics A quantity, such as a mean, that is calculated from data and describes a population.
- Usage Problem A distinguishing characteristic or feature.
Origin: New Latin parametrum, a line through the focus and parallel to the directrix of a conic : Greek para-, beside; see para-1 + Greek metron, measure; see -meter.
- parˌa·metˈric , parˌa·metˈri·cal adjective
- parˌa·metˈri·cal·ly adverb
parameter - Business Definition
parameter - Computer Definition
(1) Any value passed to a program by the user or by another program in order to customize the program for a particular purpose. A parameter may be anything; for example, a file name, a coordinate, a range of values, a money amount or a code of some kind. Parameters may be required as in parameter-driven software (see below) or they may be optional. Parameters are often entered as a series of values following the program name when the program is loaded; for example, a DOS switch defines a parameter. In the command dir /p the /p is a parameter switch that means pause after every screenful.
(2) In programming, a value passed to a subroutine or function for processing. Programming today's graphical applications in languages such as C, C++ and Java requires knowledge of hundreds of parameters. In the following C function, which creates the text window for the Windows version of this database, there are 11 parameters passed to the CreateWindow routine. Some of them call yet other functions for necessary information. In order to call this routine in a program, the programmer must determine the values for every parameter. hWndText = CreateWindow ( "TextWClass", NULL, WS_CHILD|WS_BORDER|WS_VSCROLL|WS_TABSTOP, xChar*23+GetSystemMetrics(SM_CXVSCROLL)+8, yChar*4, Rect.right-Rect.left+1-xChar*23 -2*GetSystemMetrics(SM_CXVSCROLL)+5, yChar*(Lines+1)+2, hWnd, IDC_TEXTLIST, (HANDLE)hInstance, NULL );
parameter - Cultural Definition
A quantity or number on which some other quantity or number depends. An informal example is, “Depending on the traffic, it takes me between twenty minutes and an hour to drive to work”; here, “traffic” is the parameter that determines the time it takes to get to work. In statistics, a parameter is an unknown characteristic of a population — for example, the number of women in a particular precinct who will vote Democratic.
- The term is often mistakenly used to refer to the limits of possible values a variable can have because of confusion with the word perimeter.
parameter - Medical Definition
- One of a set of measurable factors, such as temperature and pressure, that define a system and determine its behavior and are varied in an experiment.
- A factor that determines a range of variations; a boundary.
- A statistical quantity, such as a mean or standard deviation of a total population, that is calculated from data and describes a characteristic of the population as opposed to a sample from the population.
- A psychoanalytic tactic, other than interpretation, used by the analyst to further the patient's progress.
- A factor that restricts what is possible or what results. Not in technical use.
- A distinguishing characteristic or feature. Not in technical use.
- parametric adjective