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factor

[fak-ter]
noun
1.
one of the elements contributing to a particular result or situation: Poverty is only one of the factors in crime.
2.
Mathematics. one of two or more numbers, algebraic expressions, or the like, that when multiplied together produce a given product; a divisor: 6 and 3 are factors of 18.
3.
Biochemistry. any of certain substances necessary to a biochemical or physiological process, especially those whose exact nature and function are unknown.
4.
a business organization that lends money on accounts receivable or buys and collects accounts receivable.
5.
a person who acts or transacts business for another; an agent.
6.
an agent entrusted with the possession of goods to be sold in the agent's name; a merchant earning a commission by selling goods belonging to others.
7.
a person or business organization that provides money for another's new business venture; one who finances another's business.
9.
Scot. the steward or bailiff of an estate.
verb (used with object)
10.
Mathematics. to express (a mathematical quantity) as a product of two or more quantities of like kind, as 30 = 2·3·5, or x 2y 2 = (x + y ) (x − y ). Compare expand ( def 4a ).
11.
to act as a factor for.
verb (used without object)
12.
to act as a factor.
Verb phrases
13.
factor in/into, to include as an essential element, especially in forecasting or planning: You must factor insurance payments into the cost of maintaining a car.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English facto(u)r < Latin factor maker, perpetrator, equivalent to fac(ere) to make, do + -tor -tor

factorable, adjective
factorability, noun
factorship, noun
subfactor, noun
underfactor, noun
unfactorable, adjective
unfactored, adjective
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factor (ˈfæktə)
 
n
1.  an element or cause that contributes to a result
2.  maths
 a.  one of two or more integers or polynomials whose product is a given integer or polynomial: 2 and 3 are factors of 6
 b.  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 ) med any of several substances that participate in the clotting of blood: factor VIII
4.  a person who acts on another's behalf, esp one who transacts business for another
5.  commerce 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
8.  (in Scotland) the manager of an estate
 
vb
9.  (intr) to engage in the business of a factor
 
[C15: from Latin: one who acts, from facere to do]
 
usage  Factor (sense 1) should only be used to refer to something which contributes to a result. It should not be used to refer to a part of something such as a plan or arrangement; instead a word such as component or element should be used
 
'factorable
 
adj
 
factora'bility
 
n
 
'factorship
 
n

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factor
early 15c., "agent, deputy," from M.Fr. facteur "agent, representative," from L. factor "doer or maker," from facere "to do" (see factitious). Sense of "circumstance producing a result" is from 1816; the v. use in mathematics is attested from 1837. Related: Factored; factoring.
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factor fac·tor (fāk'tər)
n.

  1. One that contributes in the cause of an action.

  2. A mathematical component that by multiplication makes up a number or expression.

  3. A gene.

  4. A substance, such as a vitamin, that functions in a specific biochemical reaction or bodily process, such as blood coagulation.

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factor   (fāk'tər)  Pronunciation Key 
Noun  
  1. One of two or more numbers or expressions that are multiplied to obtain a given product. For example, 2 and 3 are factors of 6, and a + b and a - b are factors of a2 - b2.

  2. A substance found in the body, such as a protein, that is essential to a biological process. For example, growth factors are needed for proper cell growth and development.


Verb   To find the factors of a number or expression. For example, the number 12 can be factored into 2 and 6, or 3 and 4, or 1 and 12.
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