# parameter

## noun

pa·ram·e·ter
pə-ˈra-mə-tər

1

a

**:**an arbitrary constant whose value characterizes a member of a system (such as a family of curves)

also

**:**a quantity (such 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, factorpolitical dissent as a parameter of modern life

health care is a universal parameter, … a ubiquitous concern across every age, occupation, and class line. —Wayne Biddle

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