Fudge-factor meaning

A variable factor or component used in calculations or experiments that allows for a margin of error or produces a desired result.
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(informal) A term or quantity introduced into a calculation to represent or compensate for something unpredictable, or to ensure a desired result.
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(idiomatic, engineering) A quantity introduced to compensate for uncertainty.

We don't know exactly how much the load will weigh, so we'll add in a fudge factor to make sure we don't underestimate.

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(idiomatic) Any padding or compensation built into a guess or estimate.
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