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- 1. parameter, parametric quantity -- (a constant in the equation of a curve that can be varied to yield a family of similar curves)

2. parameter -- (any factor that defines a system and determines (or limits) its performance)

3. argument, parameter -- ((computer science) a reference or value that is passed to a function, procedure, subroutine, command, or program)

4. parameter -- (a quantity (such as the mean or variance) that characterizes a statistical population and that can be estimated by calculations from sample data)

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