parameter
playSimple Definition of parameter

: a rule or limit that controls what something is or how something should be done
Full Definition of parameter
1 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 <parameters 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 parameters of science fiction>
Origin of parameter
New Latin, from para + Greek metron measure — more at measure
First Known Use: 1852
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