Factor definitions

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One that actively contributes to an accomplishment, result, or process.
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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.

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A gene. No longer in technical usage.
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A substance that functions in a specific biochemical reaction or bodily process, such as blood coagulation.
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One who acts for someone else; an agent.
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One who purchases accounts receivable at a discount.
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To determine or indicate explicitly the factors of.

If you factor 70, you get 2, 5, and 7.

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To engage in purchasing accounts receivable at a discount.
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Any of the circumstances, conditions, etc. that bring about a result; element or constituent that makes a thing what it is.
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Any of two or more quantities which form a product when multiplied together.
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A person who carries on business transactions for another; commission merchant; agent for the sale of goods entrusted to his possession.
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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.
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A substance that has a particular effect on the body physiologically, as the Rh factor in clotting blood.
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To resolve into factors.
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To act in the capacity of a factor.
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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.

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A substance that functions in a specific biochemical reaction or bodily process, such as blood coagulation.
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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 ab are factors of a2b2 .
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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.
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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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A number that divides evenly into another number. For example, 3 and 4 are factors of 12. See factorial and IFP.
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One who buys accounts receivable for an amount less than their face value and collects the full amount, pocketing the difference as his or her commission; one who sells goods received on consignment.
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(now rare) An agent or representative.
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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.

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(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.

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(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.

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(economics) A resource used in the production of goods or services, a factor of production.
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(Scotland) A steward or bailiff of an estate.

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To find all the factors of (a number or other mathematical object) (the objects that divide it evenly).
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(of a number or other mathematical object, intransitive) To be a product of other objects.
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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.

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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.

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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.
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Origin of factor

Middle English factour perpetrator, agent from Old French facteur from Latin factor maker from facere to make dhē- in Indo-European roots