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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A variable factor or component used in calculations or experiments that allows for a margin of error or produces a desired result.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A quantity introduced to compensate for uncertainty.
  • n. any padding or compensation built into a guess or estimate

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a term or factor inserted into a calculation to compensate for anticipated errors, or to arbitrarily make the result conform to some desired conclusion.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a quantity that is added or subtracted in order to increase the accuracy of a scientific measure

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