|1.||an element or cause that contributes to a result|
|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|
|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|
|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|
factor fac·tor (fāk'tər)
One that contributes in the cause of an action.
A mathematical component that by multiplication makes up a number or expression.
A substance, such as a vitamin, that functions in a specific biochemical reaction or bodily process, such as blood coagulation.
|factor (fāk'tər) Pronunciation Key
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.