1. [ noun ] (mathematics) a constant in the equation of a curve that can be varied to yield a family of similar curves
Synonyms: parametric_quantity
Related terms: constant degree_of_freedom
2. [ noun ] any factor that defines a system and determines (or limits) its performance
Related terms: factor
3. [ noun ] (mathematics,statistics) a quantity (such as the mean or variance) that characterizes a statistical population and that can be estimated by calculations from sample data
Related terms: quantity
Similar spelling:   Parmeter