# Argument vs. Parameter

## Difference Between Argument and Parameter

#### Argumentnoun

A discussion in which the parties involved express disagreement with one another; a debate

*philosophical arguments over the nature of existence.*

#### Parameternoun

A constant in an equation that varies in other equations of the same general form, especially such a constant in the equation of a curve or surface that can be varied to represent a family of curves or surfaces.

#### Argumentnoun

An angry discussion involving disagreement among the participants; a quarrel

*The roommates had an argument about whose turn it was to wash the dishes.*

#### Parameternoun

One of a set of independent variables that express the coordinates of a point.

#### Argumentnoun

(Archaic) A reason or matter for dispute or contention

*"sheath'd their swords for lack of argument" (Shakespeare).*

#### Parameternoun

One of a set of measurable factors, such as temperature and pressure, that define a system and determine its behavior and are varied in an experiment.

#### Argumentnoun

A course of reasoning aimed at demonstrating truth or falsehood

*presented a strong argument for the arts in education.*

#### Parameternoun

Usage Problem A factor that restricts what is possible or what results

*"all the parameters of shelter—where people will live, what mode of housing they will choose, and how they will pay for it" (New York).*

#### Argumentnoun

A fact or statement put forth as proof or evidence; a reason

*The current low mortgage rates are an argument for buying a house now.*

#### Parameternoun

A factor that determines a range of variations; a boundary

*an experimental school that keeps expanding the parameters of its curriculum.*

#### Argumentnoun

A set of statements in which one follows logically as a conclusion from the others.

#### Parameternoun

(Statistics) A quantity, such as a mean, that is calculated from data and describes a population.

#### Argumentnoun

A summary or short statement of the plot or subject of a literary work.

#### Parameternoun

Usage Problem A distinguishing characteristic or feature.

#### Argumentnoun

A topic; a subject

*"You and love are still my argument" (Shakespeare).*

#### Parameternoun

A value kept constant during an experiment, equation, calculation or similar, but varied over other versions of the experiment, equation, calculation, etc.

#### Argumentnoun

(Logic) The minor premise in a syllogism.

#### Parameternoun

(sciences) a variable that describes some system (material, object, event etc.) or some aspect thereof

#### Argumentnoun

The independent variable of a function.

#### Parameternoun

(programming) An input variable of a procedure definition, that gets an actual value (argument) at execution time (formal parameter).

*Roughly, a tuple of arguments could be thought of as a vector, whereas a tuple of parameters could be thought of as a covector (i.e., linear functional). When a function is called, a parameter tuple becomes "bound" to an argument tuple, allowing the function instance itself to be computed to yield a return value. This would be roughly analogous to applying a covector to a vector (by taking their dot product (or, rather, matrix-product of row vector and column vector)) to obtain a scalar.*

#### Argumentnoun

The angle of a complex number measured from the positive horizontal axis.

#### Parameternoun

(programming) An actual value given to such a formal parameter (argument or actual parameter).

#### Argumentnoun

(Computers) A value used to evaluate a procedure or subroutine.

#### Parameternoun

A characteristic or feature that distinguishes something from others.

#### Argumentnoun

(Linguistics) A word, phrase, or clause in a semantic relation with a word or phrase and that helps complete the meaning of that word or phrase, such as a noun phrase that is the object of a verb. The clause that we go is an argument of the verb suggest in the sentence I suggest that we go.

#### Parameternoun

(geometry) In the ellipse and hyperbola, a third proportional to any diameter and its conjugate, or in the parabola, to any abscissa and the corresponding ordinate.

*The parameter of the principal axis of a conic section is called the latus rectum.*

#### Argumentnoun

A fact or statement used to support a proposition; a reason.

#### Parameternoun

(crystallography) The ratio of the three crystallographic axes which determines the position of any plane.

#### Argumentnoun

A verbal dispute; a quarrel.

#### Parameternoun

(crystallography) The fundamental axial ratio for a given species.

#### Argumentnoun

A process of reasoning.

#### Parameternoun

a constant in the equation of a curve that can be varied to yield a family of similar curves

#### Argumentnoun

A series of propositions organized so that the final proposition is a conclusion which is intended to follow logically from the preceding propositions, which function as premises.

#### Parameternoun

any factor that defines a system and determines (or limits) its performance

#### Argumentnoun

(mathematics) The independent variable of a function.

#### Parameternoun

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

#### Argumentnoun

(mathematics) The phase of a complex number.

#### Argumentnoun

(programming) A value, or reference to a value, passed to a function.

*Parameters are like labeled fillable blanks used to define a function whereas arguments are passed to a function when calling it, filling in those blanks.*

#### Argumentnoun

(programming) A parameter in a function definition; an actual parameter, as opposed to a formal parameter.

#### Argumentnoun

(linguistics) Any of the phrases that bears a syntactic connection to the verb of a clause.

#### Argumentnoun

(astronomy) The quantity on which another quantity in a table depends.

*The altitude is the argument of the refraction.*

#### Argumentnoun

The subject matter of a discourse, writing, or artistic representation; theme or topic; also, an abstract or summary, as of the contents of a book, chapter, poem.

#### Argumentnoun

Matter for question; business in hand.

#### Argumentverb

To put forward as an argument; to argue.

#### Argumentnoun

a fact or assertion offered as evidence that something is true;

*it was a strong argument that his hypothesis was true*

#### Argumentnoun

a contentious speech act; a dispute where there is strong disagreement;

*they were involved in a violent argument*

#### Argumentnoun

a discussion in which reasons are advanced for and against some proposition or proposal;

*the argument over foreign aid goes on and on*

#### Argumentnoun

a summary of the subject or plot of a literary work or play or movie;

*the editor added the argument to the poem*

#### Argumentnoun

a variable in a logical or mathematical expression whose value determines the dependent variable; if f(x)=y, x is the independent variable