factor

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1fac·tor

noun \ˈfak-tər\

: something that helps produce or influence a result : one of the things that cause something to happen

mathematics : a number that evenly divides a larger number

: an amount by which another amount is multiplied or divided

Full Definition of FACTOR

1
:  one who acts or transacts business for another: as
a :  broker 1b
b :  one that lends money to producers and dealers (as on the security of accounts receivable)
2
a (1) :  one that actively contributes to the production of a result :  ingredient <price wasn't a factor in the decision> (2) :  a substance that functions in or promotes the function of a particular physiological process or bodily system
b :  a good or service used in the process of production
3
:  gene
4
a :  any of the numbers or symbols in mathematics that when multiplied together form a product; also :  a number or symbol that divides another number or symbol
b :  a quantity by which a given quantity is multiplied or divided in order to indicate a difference in measurement <costs increased by a factor of 10>
fac·tor·ship \-ˌship\ noun

Examples of FACTOR

  1. There were several factors contributing to their recent decline.
  2. Poor planning was a major factor in the company's failure.
  3. 6, 4, 3, and 2 are factors of 12.

Origin of FACTOR

Middle English, from Middle French facteur, from Latin factor doer, from facere
First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with FACTOR

2factor

verb

: to consider or include (something) in making a judgment or calculation

: to not consider or include (something) in making a judgment or calculation

fac·toredfac·tor·ing \-t(ə-)riŋ\

Full Definition of FACTOR

intransitive verb
:  to work as a factor
transitive verb
1
:  to resolve into factors
2
a :  to include or admit as a factor —used with in or into <factor inflation into our calculations>
b :  to exclude as a factor —used with out
fac·tor·able \-t(ə-)rə-bəl\ adjective

First Known Use of FACTOR

1621

fac·tor

noun \ˈfak-tər\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of FACTOR

1
a : something that actively contributes to the production of a result b : a substance that functions in or promotes the function of a particular physiological process or bodily system
2
: gene
fac·to·ri·al \fak-ˈtōr-ē-əl, -ˈtr-\ adjective

factor

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

In multiplication, one of two or more numerical or algebraic components of a product. A whole number's factors are the whole numbers that divide evenly into it (e.g., 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, and 12 are factors of 12). To factor a counting number means to break it down into its prime number factors. To factor a polynomial is to find its prime polynomial factors, a basic procedure for solving algebraic equations. According to the fundamental theorem of arithmetic, the prime factorization of any number or polynomial is unique.

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