one of the elements contributing to a particular result or situation: Poverty is only one of the factors in crime.
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.
Biochemistry. any of certain substances necessary to a biochemical or physiological process, especially those whose exact nature and function are unknown.
a business organization that lends money on accounts receivable or buys and collects accounts receivable.
a person who acts or transacts business for another; an agent.
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.
a person or business organization that provides money for another's new business venture; one who finances another's business.
Scot. the steward or bailiff of an estate.
Mathematics. to express (a mathematical quantity) as a product of two or more quantities of like kind, as 30 = 2·3·5, or x2 − y2 = (x + y) (x − y).: Compare expand (def. 4a).
to act as a factor for.
to act as a factor.
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.
- fac·tor·a·ble, adjective
- fac·tor·a·bil·i·ty, noun
- fac·tor·ship, noun
- sub·fac·tor, noun
- un·der·fac·tor, noun
- un·fac·tor·a·ble, adjective
- un·fac·tored, adjective
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How to use factor in a sentence
It can differ from a person’s chronological age owing to health and lifestyle factors, as well as genetics.What’s your biological age? A new app promises to reveal it—and help you slow the aging process | Jeremy Kahn | September 17, 2020 | Fortune
So, ideally, we’d want to know how well each vaccine works in people with the most significant risk factors.The risks of moving too fast on a coronavirus vaccine | Sam Baker | September 17, 2020 | Axios
Price tends to be a significant factor in the success of a video game console.Sony debuts new PlayStation for the holidays. Here’s how much it costs | Verne Kopytoff | September 17, 2020 | Fortune
Key factor that’s already changing rankings is Cumulative Layout Shift.Google ranking factors to change search in 2021: Core Web Vitals, E-A-T, or AMP? | Aleh Barysevich | September 16, 2020 | Search Engine Watch
No single factor can explain, say, why one person pursues a life of crime and another excels in college.‘The Origins of You’ explores how kids develop into their adult selves | Bruce Bower | September 16, 2020 | Science News
It is the steady accretion of detail that may yet be the most damaging factor in the battle for British hearts and minds.
The quality of the music is a major factor in this recent surge.Down With the King: Christianity Isn’t Hiding in Rap’s Closet | Stereo Williams | December 28, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Therefore in our view we need to talk about our wood management before any other factor in the maturation of The Macallan.Why Natural Color Is So Crucial To Understanding A Whisky’s Flavors | | December 10, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But while the GoPro is impressive by itself, it has some serious wow factor when combined with a drone.
The main factor at the time was simply a lack of opportunity before we ended the book for the big New 52 line-wide relaunch.Gail Simone’s Bisexual Catman and the ‘Secret Six’ | Rich Goldstein | December 6, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Where goods are confided to a factor without instructions, authority to exercise a fair and reasonable discretion is implied.
The authority of a factor to fix the terms of selling may be by agreement or by usage, like any other agent.
A factor is employed to sell goods, and not to barter or exchange them, and if he should do this his principal could recover them.
The true causes of the depression were not within the control of the Insular Government or of any ruling factor.The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
This pronunciation of the nasal vowels in French is, as is well known, an important factor in the famous "accent du Midi."Frdric Mistral | Charles Alfred Downer
British Dictionary definitions for factor
an element or cause that contributes to a result
one of two or more integers or polynomials whose product is a given integer or polynomial: 2 and 3 are factors of 6
an integer or polynomial that can be exactly divided into another integer or polynomial: 1, 2, 3, and 6 are all factors of 6
(foll by identifying numeral) med any of several substances that participate in the clotting of blood: factor VIII
a person who acts on another's behalf, esp one who transacts business for another
commerce a business that makes loans in return for or on security of trade debts
former name for a gene
commercial law a person to whom goods are consigned for sale and who is paid a factorage
(in Scotland) the manager of an estate
(intr) to engage in the business of a factor
- See also factor in
- factorable, adjective
- factorability, noun
- factorship, noun
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Scientific definitions for factor
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.
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.
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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