Definition of Factor in English :

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Factor meaning in English

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1. factor

anything that contributes causally to a result

Example Sentences:
'a number of factors determined the outcome'

2. component, constituent, element, factor, ingredient

an abstract part of something

Example Sentences:
'jealousy was a component of his character'
'two constituents of a musical composition are melody and harmony'
'the grammatical elements of a sentence'
'a key factor in her success'
'humor: an effective ingredient of a speech'

3. divisor, factor

one of two or more integers that can be exactly divided into another integer

Example Sentences:
'what are the 4 factors of 6?'

4. agent, broker, factor

a businessman who buys or sells for another in exchange for a commission

5. factor

any of the numbers (or symbols) that form a product when multiplied together

6. factor

an independent variable in statistics

7. cistron, factor, gene

(genetics) a segment of DNA that is involved in producing a polypeptide chain; it can include regions preceding and following the coding DNA as well as introns between the exons; it is considered a unit of heredity

Example Sentences:
'genes were formerly called factors'


8. factor, factor in, factor out

resolve into factors

Example Sentences:
'a quantum computer can factor the number 15'

9. factor

be a contributing factor

Example Sentences:
'make things factor into a company's profitability'

10. factor, factor in, factor out

consider as relevant when making a decision

Example Sentences:
'You must factor in the recent developments'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of factor
an element or cause that contributes to a result
2. mathematics
one of two or more integers or polynomials whose product is a given integer or polynomial
2 and 3 are factors of 6
an integer or polynomial that can be exactly divided into another integer or polynomial
1, 2, 3, and 6 are all factors of 6
3. (foll by identifying numeral) medicine
any of several substances that participate in the clotting of blood
factor VIII
a person who acts on another's behalf, esp one who transacts business for another
5. business
a business that makes loans in return for or on security of trade debts
6.  former name for a gene
7. commercial law
a person to whom goods are consigned for sale and who is paid a factorage
(in Scotland) the manager of an estate
9. (intransitive)
to engage in the business of a factor

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see synonyms of factor
a person who carries on business transactions for another; commission merchant; agent for the sale of goods entrusted to his possession
an agent, as a banking or finance company, engaged in financing the operations of certain companies, or in financing wholesale and retail sales, through the purchase of accounts receivable
any of the circumstances, conditions, etc. that bring about a result; element or constituent that makes a thing what it is
3.  Biology
4.  Ancient Mathematics
any of two or more quantities which form a product when multiplied together
verb transitive
5.  US, Ancient Mathematics
to resolve into factors
verb intransitive
to act in the capacity of a factor

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of factor
1. One that actively contributes to an accomplishment, result, or process: "Surprise is the greatest factor in war" (Tom Clancy). See Synonyms at element.
a. One who acts for someone else; an agent.
b. One who purchases accounts receivable at a discount.
3. Mathematics One of two or more quantities that divides a given quantity without a remainder. For example, 2 and 3 are factors of 6; a and b are factors of ab.
4. A quantity by which a stated quantity is multiplied or divided, so as to indicate an increase or decrease in a measurement: The rate increased by a factor of ten.
5. A gene. No longer in technical usage.
6. Physiology A substance that functions in a specific biochemical reaction or bodily process, such as blood coagulation.
v. fac·tored, fac·tor·ing, fac·tors
To determine or indicate explicitly the factors of: If you factor 70, you get 2, 5, and 7.
To engage in purchasing accounts receivable at a discount.

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