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### Meaning of PARAMETER

 Pronunciation: pu'ramitur WordNet Dictionary Definition: [n]  a constant in the equation of a curve that can be varied to yield a family of similar curves [n]  a quantity (such as the mean or variance) that characterizes a statistical population and that can be estimated by calculations from sample data [n]  any factor that defines a system and determines (or limits) its performance PARAMETER is a 9 letter word that starts with P. Synonyms: parametric quantity See Also: Webster's 1913 Dictionary Definition: ```\Pa*ram"e*ter\, n. [Pref. para- + -meter: cf. F. param[`e]tre.] 1. (a) (Math.) A term applied to some characteristic magnitude whose value, invariable as long as one and the same function, curve, surface, etc., is considered, serves to distinguish that function, curve, surface, etc., from others of the same kind or family. --Brande & C. (b) Specifically (Conic Sections), 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. Note: The parameter of the principal axis of a conic section is called the latus rectum. 2. (Crystallog.) The ratio of the three crystallographic axes which determines the position of any plane; also, the fundamental axial ratio for a given species. ``` Computing Dictionary Definition: formal argument Thesaurus Terms Related Terms: barometer, boundaries, boundary condition, bounds, bourns, canon, catch, check, circumference, circumscription, clause, compass, condition, confines, coordinates, criterion, degree, donnee, edges, escalator clause, escape clause, escape hatch, fine print, fringes, gauge, given, graduated scale, grounds, joker, kicker, limitations, limiting condition, limits, marches, measure, metes, metes and bounds, model, norm, obligation, outlines, outskirts, pale, parameters, pattern, perimeter, periphery, prerequisite, provision, provisions, proviso, quantity, reading, readout, requisite, rule, saving clause, scale, sine qua non, skirts, small print, specification, standard, stipulation, string, terms, test, touchstone, type, ultimatum, value, verges, whereas, yardstick