- The definition of a factor is a contributor to something or is a number that divides another number without leaving a remainder.
- An example of factor would be eye witness accounts to a news report about a crime.
- An example of factor is 9 to 27.
- Factor is defined as to express a number as a product of two or more other numbers or to consider as an element.
- An example of factor is to reduce 9 to 3 x 3.
- An example of factor is to add in personal spending money to a budget.
- a person who carries on business transactions for another; commission merchant; agent for the sale of goods entrusted to his possession
- an agent, as a banking or finance company, engaged in financing the operations of certain companies, or in financing wholesale and retail sales, through the purchase of accounts receivable
Origin of factor< fig. use of sense 4 any of the circumstances, conditions, etc. that bring about a result; element or constituent that makes a thing what it is
- Biol. gene
- Math. any of two or more quantities which form a product when multiplied together
Origin of factorMiddle English factour ; from Old French facteur ; from Classical Latin factor, doer, maker ; from past participle of facere, do
factor in (or into)
- One that actively contributes to an accomplishment, result, or process: “Surprise is the greatest factor in war” (Tom Clancy). See Synonyms at element.
- a. One who acts for someone else; an agent.b. One who purchases accounts receivable at a discount.
- Mathematics One of two or more quantities that divides a given quantity without a remainder. For example, 2 and 3 are factors of 6; a and b are factors of ab.
- A quantity by which a stated quantity is multiplied or divided, so as to indicate an increase or decrease in a measurement: The rate increased by a factor of ten.
- A gene. No longer in technical usage.
- Physiology A substance that functions in a specific biochemical reaction or bodily process, such as blood coagulation.
verbfac·tored, fac·tor·ing, fac·tors
Origin of factorMiddle English factour, perpetrator, agent, from Old French facteur, from Latin factor, maker, from facere, to make; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.
- (now rare) An agent or representative.
- One of the elements, circumstances, or influences which contribute to produce a result.
- The greatest factor in the decision was the need for public transportation.
- The economy was a factor in this year's budget figures.
- (mathematics) Any of various objects multiplied together to form some whole.
- 3 is a factor of 12, as are 2, 4 and 6.
- The factors of the Klein four-group are both cyclic of order 2.
- (root cause analysis) Influence; a phenomenon that affects the nature, the magnitude, and/or the timing of a consequence.
- The launch temperature was a factor of the Challenger disaster.
- (economics) A resource used in the production of goods or services, a factor of production.
- (Scotland) A steward or bailiff of an estate.
terms etymologically related to factor (noun)
(third-person singular simple present factors, present participle factoring, simple past and past participle factored)
- To find all the factors of (a number or other mathematical object) (the objects that divide it evenly).
- (of a number or other mathematical object, intransitive) To be a product of other objects.
From Middle French facteur, from Latin factor (“a doer, maker, performer”), from factus (“done or made”), perfect passive participle of faciō (“do, make”).
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