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
The team understood early on that local residents must be factored in as key stakeholders.
In Scotland, hourly wage inequality matches the rest of the United Kingdom once the skew of London is factored out.Scotland’s ‘Yes’ Campaign and the Myth of Scottish Equality | Noah Caldwell | September 18, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
When the possibility of a government shutdown was factored in, there was even less support.Heckuva Job, Wacko Birds: You’ve Shut Down the U.S. Government | Kirsten Powers | October 1, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Everything from aisle placement to spokespeople is factored in.
How Alleged Abuse Factored Into a Murder Case Baez maintains that “despite the headlines, this case was never about sexual abuse.”Speed Read: ‘Presumed Guilty—Casey Anthony: The Inside Story’ | The Daily Beast | July 6, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
We can make no statements about the Mendelian inheritance of such a trait until it is factored into its units.The Social Direction of Evolution | William E. Kellicott
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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