fac·​tor·​i·​za·​tion | \ ˌfak-tə-rə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce factorization (audio) \

Definition of factorization

: the operation of resolving a quantity into factors also : a product obtained by factorization

Other Words from factorization

factorize \ ˈfak-​tə-​ˌrīz How to pronounce factorization (audio) \ transitive verb

Examples of factorization in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That’s because every divisor of 28 is a combination of divisors of 22 and 7, the prime powers that appear in the factorization of 28. Quanta Magazine, 15 Mar. 2021 So far, Böck has identified only a handful of keys in the wild that are vulnerable to the factorization attack. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 14 Mar. 2022 This can easily be broken with Fermat's factorization method. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 14 Mar. 2022 If 2020 was the year of 2 + 2 = 5, maybe 2021 will be the year of ... prime factorization? Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 17 Feb. 2021 The size of a p-adic number is determined by the prevalence of p in its prime factorization. Quanta Magazine, 19 Oct. 2020 Quantum computers, though, may be able to solve integer factorization problems many millions of times faster. Sara Castellanos, WSJ, 9 Oct. 2020 Light beams might be used to create optical computers powerful enough to solve difficult problems such as factorization. Quanta Magazine, 30 Sep. 2020 One recent query: how to link lessons on prime factorization with simplifying fractions so students can learn how different topics connect with each other. Sarah E. Needleman, WSJ, 9 Aug. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of factorization

1886, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for factorization

factorize (from factor entry 1 + -ize) + -ation

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The first known use of factorization was in 1886

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Dictionary Entries Near factorization

factor IX


factor of production

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26 Jun 2022

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“Factorization.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/factorization. Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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