What does factor mean?

Definitions for factor
ˈfæk tərfac·tor

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. factor(noun)

    anything that contributes causally to a result

    "a number of factors determined the outcome"

  2. component, constituent, element, factor, ingredient(noun)

    an abstract part of something

    "jealousy was a component of his character"; "two constituents of a musical composition are melody and harmony"; "the grammatical elements of a sentence"; "a key factor in her success"; "humor: an effective ingredient of a speech"

  3. divisor, factor(noun)

    one of two or more integers that can be exactly divided into another integer

    "what are the 4 factors of 6?"

  4. agent, factor, broker(noun)

    a businessman who buys or sells for another in exchange for a commission

  5. factor(noun)

    any of the numbers (or symbols) that form a product when multiplied together

  6. factor(noun)

    an independent variable in statistics

  7. gene, cistron, factor(verb)

    (genetics) a segment of DNA that is involved in producing a polypeptide chain; it can include regions preceding and following the coding DNA as well as introns between the exons; it is considered a unit of heredity

    "genes were formerly called factors"

  8. factor, factor in, factor out(verb)

    resolve into factors

    "a quantum computer can factor the number 15"

  9. factor(verb)

    be a contributing factor

    "make things factor into a company's profitability"

  10. factor, factor in, factor out(verb)

    consider as relevant when making a decision

    "You must factor in the recent developments"

GCIDE

  1. Factor(n.)

    One of the elements, circumstances, or influences which contribute to produce a result; a constituent; a contributory cause.

    Etymology: [L. factor a doer: cf. F. facteur a factor. See Fact.]

Wiktionary

  1. factor(Noun)

    A doer, maker; a person who does things for another person or organization

    The factor of the trading post bought the furs.

    Etymology: From factor, from factus, perfect passive participle of facio.

  2. factor(Noun)

    An agent or representative.

    Etymology: From factor, from factus, perfect passive participle of facio.

  3. factor(Noun)

    An integral part

    Etymology: From factor, from factus, perfect passive participle of facio.

  4. factor(Noun)

    Any of various objects multiplied together to form some whole

    Etymology: From factor, from factus, perfect passive participle of facio.

  5. factor(Noun)

    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.

    Etymology: From factor, from factus, perfect passive participle of facio.

  6. factor(Verb)

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

    Etymology: From factor, from factus, perfect passive participle of facio.

  7. factor(Verb)

    To be a product of other objects.

    Etymology: From factor, from factus, perfect passive participle of facio.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Factor(noun)

    one who transacts business for another; an agent; a substitute; especially, a mercantile agent who buys and sells goods and transacts business for others in commission; a commission merchant or consignee. He may be a home factor or a foreign factor. He may buy and sell in his own name, and he is intrusted with the possession and control of the goods; and in these respects he differs from a broker

    Etymology: [L. factor a doer: cf. F. facteur a factor. See Fact.]

  2. Factor(noun)

    a steward or bailiff of an estate

    Etymology: [L. factor a doer: cf. F. facteur a factor. See Fact.]

  3. Factor(noun)

    one of the elements or quantities which, when multiplied together, from a product

    Etymology: [L. factor a doer: cf. F. facteur a factor. See Fact.]

  4. Factor(noun)

    one of the elements, circumstances, or influences which contribute to produce a result; a constituent

    Etymology: [L. factor a doer: cf. F. facteur a factor. See Fact.]

  5. Factor(verb)

    to resolve (a quantity) into its factors

    Etymology: [L. factor a doer: cf. F. facteur a factor. See Fact.]

Freebase

  1. FACTOR

    FACTOR is a "private non-profit organization, ... dedicated to providing assistance toward the growth and development of the Canadian independent recording industry". Founded in 1982, FACTOR has been administering public money since 1986. From an inaugural budget of $200,000 CAD, they now distribute over $11.5 million dollars annually. The merit-based approach of monetary distribution used by FACTOR and Canadian music video funding organization VideoFACT, is not without critics. In 2009, the organizations came under public scrutiny when a letter written by Unfamiliar Records founder Greg Ipp was republished on the internet - in turn promoting the idea that bigger image-based bands shouldn’t be getting such a huge amount of those finite funds as it leaves relatively little, if any, funding for the smaller up-and-coming bands. Notable recording artists who have received FACTOR grants include: ⁕Alexisonfire ⁕Jann Arden ⁕Bedouin Soundclash ⁕Blue Rodeo ⁕Dave Borins ⁕BOY ⁕Jason Collett ⁕The Johnstones ⁕The Dears ⁕K'naan ⁕Mark Sultan ⁕Metric ⁕Michael Kulas ⁕Moneen ⁕Propaghandi ⁕Protest The Hero ⁕Sam Roberts ⁕The Trews

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Factor

    fak′tor, n. a doer or transactor of business for another: one who buys and sells goods for others, on commission: (Scot.) an agent managing heritable estates for another: (math.) one of two or more parts, which, when multiplied together, result in a given number—e.g. 6 and 4 are factors of 24: an element in the composition of anything, or in bringing about a certain result.—ns. Fac′torage, the fees or commission of a factor.—adj. Factō′rial, of or pertaining to a factor.—v.t. Fac′torise (U.S.), to warn not to pay or give up goods: to attach the effects of a debtor in the hands of a third person.—ns. Fac′torship; Fac′tory, a manufactory: a trading settlement in a distant country.—Judicial factor, a person appointed by the Court to manage the estate of a person under some incapacity. [L.,—facĕre.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. factor

    See coefficient of X.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. factor

    A commercial superintendent, or agent residing beyond sea, commissioned by merchants to buy or sell goods on their account by a letter of attorney.

Editors Contribution

  1. factor

    A known element.

    The factors involved are accurate so its easy to plan.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 9, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'factor' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1642

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'factor' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2333

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'factor' in Nouns Frequency: #271

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How to say factor in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of factor in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of factor in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of factor in a Sentence

  1. Karen Newman:

    They themselves identified population as a factor making it more difficult for them to adapt. We in the north are worried about, 'Is it fair to make this connection?' when people in the south are already making it.

  2. Akihisa Nagashima:

    The growing influence of China and the relative decline of the U.S. was a factor, we wanted to do what we could and help ensure the sustainability of the U.S. forward deployment.

  3. Mois Gabay:

    Jews have long left for economic reasons. What is different now is a factor for young people is the pressure they feel because they're Jewish.

  4. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis:

    This particular pandemic is one where, I don't think nationwide there's been a single fatality under 25. For whatever reason it just doesn't seem to threaten, you know, kids, and we lose in Florida between five and 10 kids a year for the flu. This one, for whatever reason, much more dangerous if you're 65 and plus than the flu, no doubt about that, if you're younger it just hasn't had an impact. So that should factor into how we're viewing this.

  5. Cynthia Sass:

    If you've never tried avocado in these ways, trust me, you'll love it, avocado blends well with both sweet and savory ingredients, and provides the satisfaction factor that makes dishes decadent. Incorporating more avocado into your diet is like having your cake and eating it too!

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