b: one that lends money to producers and dealers (as on the security of accounts receivable)
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
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.