factoring

[ fak-ter-ing ]
/ ˈfæk tər ɪŋ /

noun

Commerce. the business of purchasing and collecting accounts receivable or of advancing cash on the basis of accounts receivable.
the act or process of separating an equation, formula, cryptogram, etc., into its component parts.

Origin of factoring

Definition for factoring (2 of 2)

Origin of factor

1400–50; late Middle English facto(u)r < Latin factor maker, perpetrator, equivalent to fac(ere) to make, do + -tor -tor

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British Dictionary definitions for factoring (1 of 2)

factoring

/ (ˈfæktərɪŋ) /

noun

the business of a factor
the business of purchasing debts from clients at a discount and making a profit from their collection

British Dictionary definitions for factoring (2 of 2)

factor

/ (ˈfæktə) /

noun

verb

(intr) to engage in the business of a factor
See also factor in

Derived Forms

factorable, adjectivefactorability, nounfactorship, noun

Word Origin for factor

C15: from Latin: one who acts, from facere to do

usage

Factor (sense 1) should only be used to refer to something which contributes to a result. It should not be used to refer to a part of something such as a plan or arrangement; instead a word such as component or element should be used
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Medicine definitions for factoring

factor

[ făktər ]

n.

One that contributes in the cause of an action.
A mathematical component that by multiplication makes up a number or expression.
A gene.
A substance, such as a vitamin, that functions in a specific biochemical reaction or bodily process, such as blood coagulation.
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Science definitions for factoring

factor

[ făktər ]

Noun

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.

Verb

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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