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Definitions for factor
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word factor.
anything that contributes causally to a result
"a number of factors determined the outcome"
component, constituent, element, factor, ingredientnoun
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"
one of two or more integers that can be exactly divided into another integer
"what are the 4 factors of 6?"
agent, factor, brokernoun
a businessman who buys or sells for another in exchange for a commission
any of the numbers (or symbols) that form a product when multiplied together
an independent variable in statistics
gene, cistron, factorverb
(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"
factor, factor in, factor outverb
resolve into factors
"a quantum computer can factor the number 15"
be a contributing factor
"make things factor into a company's profitability"
factor, factor in, factor outverb
consider as relevant when making a decision
"You must factor in the recent developments"
One of the elements, circumstances, or influences which contribute to produce a result; a constituent; a contributory cause.
A doer, maker; a person who does things for another person or organization
The factor of the trading post bought the furs.
An agent or representative.
An integral part
Any of various objects multiplied together to form some whole
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.
To find all the factors of (a number or other mathematical object) (the objects that divide it evenly).
To be a product of other objects.
Etymology: From factor, from factus, perfect passive participle of facio.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: facteur, French; factor, Latin.
Take on you the charge
And kingly government of this your land;
Not as protector, steward, substitute,
Or lowly factor for another’s gain. William Shakespeare, Richard III.
Percy is but my factor, good my lord,
T’ engross up glorious deeds on my behalf. William Shakespeare, Hen. IV.
You all three,
The senators alone of this great world,
Chief factors for the gods. William Shakespeare, Anthony and Cleopatra.
We agreed that I should send up an English factor, that whatsoever the island could yield should be delivered at a reasonable rate. Walter Raleigh, Apology.
It was conceived that the Scots had good intelligence, having some factors doubtless at this mart, albeit they did not openly trade. John Hayward.
Vile arts and restless endeavours are used by some sly and venomous factors for the old republican cause. Robert South, Sermons.
All the reason that I could ever hear alleged, by the chief factors for a general intromission of all sorts, sects and persuasions, into our communion, is, that those who separate from us are stiff and obstinate, and will not submit to the rules and orders of our church, and that therefore they ought to be taken away. Robert South, Sermons.
Forc’d into exile from his rightful throne,
He made all countries where he came his own;
And viewing monarchs secret arts of sway,
A royal factor for their kingdoms lay. Dryden.
FACTOR (the Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent on Records) is a private non-profit organization "dedicated to providing assistance toward the growth and development of the Canadian music industry".FACTOR was founded in 1982 by radio broadcasters CHUM, Rogers Radio Broadcasting, Moffat Communications, along with the Canadian Independent Record Production Association and the Canadian Music Publishers Association. FACTOR has been administering public money since 1986 when it began to grow significantly. From an inaugural budget of $200,000 CAD, they now distribute over $11.5 million 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.
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
a steward or bailiff of an estate
one of the elements or quantities which, when multiplied together, from a product
one of the elements, circumstances, or influences which contribute to produce a result; a constituent
to resolve (a quantity) into its factors
Etymology: [L. factor a doer: cf. F. facteur a factor. See Fact.]
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
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
See coefficient of X.
Dictionary of Nautical Terms
A commercial superintendent, or agent residing beyond sea, commissioned by merchants to buy or sell goods on their account by a letter of attorney.
A known element.
The factors involved are accurate so its easy to plan.
Submitted by MaryC on March 9, 2020
Surnames Frequency by Census Records
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Factor is ranked #16031 in terms of the most common surnames in America.
The Factor surname appeared 1,809 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Factor.
58.2% or 1,054 total occurrences were White.
18.2% or 330 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
13.2% or 239 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
4.5% or 82 total occurrences were Asian.
3.6% or 66 total occurrences were of two or more races.
2.1% or 38 total occurrences were Black.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'factor' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1642
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'factor' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2333
Rank popularity for the word 'factor' in Nouns Frequency: #271
The numerical value of factor in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of factor in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
Examples of factor in a Sentence
We are very big, very long term believers in solar-plus-storage, but the capital that will have to be deployed - and the years that will have to pass before Esplanade Capital's more than just a rounding error for SolarCity - make it not a real factor today.
The most important factor is to call for elections, give people the right to choose their leaders, give the younger generation the opportunity to be represented in the system and to have their opinion heard, at this time, [ the youth ] come to only one conclusion, they will hear you only if you use guns. And that is, of course, a dangerous situation for which not only The Palestinian Authority is responsible, but mainly it is Israel that is responsible for creating this situation.
The most important factor to watch will be crude runs, refiners will likely increase runs over the summer and push (production) to record rates once again, which should close the gap between supply and demand and put a stop to the storage draw.
I think a factor in that is that you're in control, you're not being ordered around by a South Korean boss, and having to stress about a South Korean work culture, it may be a struggle, but people have agency... Kang Eun-jung're Kang Eun-jung, on Kang Eun-jung own schedule.
The fear factor is a very powerful weapon. It makes people do what they would not normally do. They would jump out from the 20th floor of a building to face certain death if the building is on fire because of the fear of getting burned alive. Both ways you die. But the fear of dying in a fire is stronger than the fear of dying from the fall. So they jump and die.Is that sensible? There is nothing sensible when it comes to fear. Fear overrides common sense.
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Translations for factor
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- агент, коефициент, множител, фактор, разлагам на множителиBulgarian
- agent, faktorisere, faktorDanish
- osatekijä, edustaja, tekijäFinnish
- fachtóir, toiscIrish
- seumarlan, maor, bàillidhScottish Gaelic
- לפרק לגורמים, גורם, חלק אינטגרליHebrew
- þáttur, þætta, þátta, leysa upp í þættiIcelandic
- fattore, fattorizzareItalian
- årsak, faktor, faktorisereNorwegian
- faktor, czynnikPolish
- fazedor, factor, fatorPortuguese
- представитель, коэффициент, показатель, комиссионер, фактор, доверенное лицо, движущая сила, торговый агент, множительRussian
- çarpan, etken, faktörTurkish
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