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Definition of "parameter" []

  • Mathematics 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. (noun)
  • Mathematics One of a set of independent variables that express the coordinates of a point. (noun)
  • 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. (noun)
  • 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). (noun)
  • A factor that determines a range of variations; a boundary: an experimental school that keeps expanding the parameters of its curriculum. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "parameter" in a sentence
  • "ABCfunction () if [SomeConditionIsTrue] then echo "1" else echo "0" fi parameter = "Cool" flag = ` ABCfunction $parameter `"
  • "Pagkalos also provided more detail on the redirect that Mox implemented over the weekend, noting that the attack used an IFRAME injected into the title parameter of a personal group -- another social networking feature of the Obama site -- that then let Mox remotely call some malicious JavaScript."
  • "If the value of documentTitle is empty, then an empty string is used for the title parameter on the URL."