Let's say you have a software that does follow up of payments. You define after x days send a reminder email, after y days alert a manager to call that person, after z days alert another department to send legal notice etc. Here x, y, z are called 'parameters'. Please give a single word for the 'set of parameters' and the 'act of defining/setting parameters' in this context.

  • 'Set of parameters' and 'defining / setting of parameters'. Commented Aug 18, 2015 at 8:29
  • Well, you miss the point. It's about finding a single word for 'the act of defining parameters' and another single word for 'set of parameters'.
    – voyager
    Commented Aug 18, 2015 at 8:31
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    You miss the point. I'm implying that it's highly improbable there are any. Commented Aug 18, 2015 at 8:52
  • It's not easy to imagine a word for these, that's why I am asking here.
    – voyager
    Commented Aug 18, 2015 at 8:55
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    I've answered 'What will you call ...' . I've indicated that I think it's highly likely there aren't single words. I wouldn't have responded to a question starting 'Are there single words to ...'. Commented Aug 18, 2015 at 9:13

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a) Set of parameters:


b) Definition of parameters:


Of course a single word can't convey the whole meaning and so will need additional explanation, but afterwards the intended meaning should be clear.


Instructions to use the software: To get the desired results from this software, please choose appropriate parameter values in the first set-up screen.

Critique of the software: Powerful, once you've made it through the parameter configuration.

There are other possibilities. Please give us a more precise context! For example, perhaps this is what you want to say: "The first set-up screen is for choosing your ______." (Guidot's settings would work beautifully in such a sentence.)

  • “Configuration” is definitely what I would use for “a set of parameters”, and the corresponding verb would be simply “configure”.
    – Jon Purdy
    Commented Aug 19, 2015 at 2:02

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