One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1technical A numerical or other measurable factor forming one of a set that defines a system or sets the conditions of its operation.‘there are three parameters by which a speaker is able to modify the meaning of the utterance—pitch, volume, and tempo’
instructions, stipulations, requirements, conditions, provisions, restrictions, provisos, guidelines, parameters, orderView synonyms
- ‘The set of code modules includes code modules associated with a plurality of system configuration parameters.’
- ‘The first circuit is configured to monitor an electrical operating parameter associated with operation of the CAN bus.’
- ‘The programming uses script files that contain specific system parameters to operate in each of these modes.’
- ‘Now we need to optimize the system and improve its operation parameters and design.’
- ‘An operator can input the parameters that define the geometry of the valve seat profile.’
- 1.1Mathematics A quantity whose value is selected for the particular circumstances and in relation to which other variable quantities may be expressed.
- ‘The x-axis is the value of the selection parameter in the PRF model under which the data were simulated.’
- ‘Choosing different values for the various parameters in the equation he then tried to investigate when situations were stable and when they were unstable.’
- ‘As gene diversity is a continuous variable, the expected value of the parameter was calculated using a sliding window of 0.0125.’
- ‘On the other hand, keeping m and n fixed for a few trials leaves a lot of room to experiment with the third parameter even for small values of m and n.’
- ‘The real effort goes into testing these hypotheses and calculating the true values of parameters such as N.’
- 1.2Statistics A numerical characteristic of a population, as distinct from a statistic of a sample.
- ‘The spiral pattern is sufficiently regular that it leads to a numerical parameter characteristic for the species, called its divergence.’
- ‘Such a ‘rate’ can be modeled statistically by the probability parameter of a binomial distribution.’
- ‘The normal curve approach to inference begins by asserting a null hypothesis that is expressed using population parameters.’
- ‘Typically, polymorphism in a sample is needed to perform those tests and estimate population parameters.’
- ‘This will remind test users that the reliability coefficient in hand is not the population parameter and that the reliability estimate is affected by sampling error.’
2A limit or boundary which defines the scope of a particular process or activity.‘the parameters within which the media work’
framework, variable, limit, boundary, limiting factor, limitation, restriction, specification, criterion, guidelineView synonyms
- ‘One of the main benefits of a home birth is the amount of control a mother can exercise over the location and parameters of the birthing process.’
- ‘Such a voluntary approach is limited to the parameters the company sets for itself.’
- ‘First, I do not accept the framework you outline above as limiting the parameters of our debate.’
- ‘However, I can't get away from the fact that my guiding parameters are somewhat limited by my lack of motoring knowledge.’
- ‘And so, media debate is restricted within tightly constrained parameters that serve capital, but not democracy.’
Mid 17th century: modern Latin, from Greek para- ‘beside’ + metron ‘measure’.
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