parameters

[ puh-ram-i-ter ]SEE DEFINITION OF parameters
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We can affect some of its parameters, but not its global behavior.

It ought then to be possible to express them all in terms of three parameters.

The first distinction regards the number of these parameters.

The ratio a : c of the parameters, or the axial ratio, is characteristic of all the crystals of the same substance.

Each communication is framed in a context constituting its parameters of pre-understanding.

If no one of these parameters is capable of continuous variation, the group is called a discontinuous group.

If all the parameters are capable of continuous variation, the group is called a continuous group.

If some of the parameters are capable of continuous variation and some are not, the group is called a mixed group.

The two parts of the energy must then be expressed as functions of the parameters q and of their derivatives.

Which shall we prefer to regard as the derivatives of these parameters?

WORD ORIGIN

1650s in geometry, from Modern Latin parameter (1630s), from Greek para- "beside, subsidiary" (see para- (1)) + metron "measure" (see meter (n.2)).

A geometry term until 1920s when it yielded sense of "measurable factor which helps to define a particular system" (1927). Common modern meaning (influenced by perimeter) of "boundary, limit, characteristic factor" is from 1950s. Related: Parametric.

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