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fac·tor

 (făk′tər)
n.
1. One that actively contributes to an accomplishment, result, or process: "Surprise is the greatest factor in war" (Tom Clancy). See Synonyms at element.
2.
a. One who acts for someone else; an agent.
b. One who purchases accounts receivable at a discount.
3. Mathematics One of two or more quantities that divides a given quantity without a remainder. For example, 2 and 3 are factors of 6; a and b are factors of ab.
4. A quantity by which a stated quantity is multiplied or divided, so as to indicate an increase or decrease in a measurement: The rate increased by a factor of ten.
5. A gene. No longer in technical usage.
6. Physiology A substance that functions in a specific biochemical reaction or bodily process, such as blood coagulation.
v. fac·tored, fac·tor·ing, fac·tors
tr.v.
To determine or indicate explicitly the factors of: If you factor 70, you get 2, 5, and 7.
intr.v.
To engage in purchasing accounts receivable at a discount.
Phrasal Verb:
factor in
To figure in: factored vacations in when preparing the schedule.

[Middle English factour, perpetrator, agent, from Old French facteur, from Latin factor, maker, from facere, to make; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.]

fac′tor·a·ble adj.
fac′tor·ship′ n.

factor

(ˈfæktə)
n
1. an element or cause that contributes to a result
2. (Mathematics) maths
a. one of two or more integers or polynomials whose product is a given integer or polynomial: 2 and 3 are factors of 6.
b. an integer or polynomial that can be exactly divided into another integer or polynomial: 1, 2, 3, and 6 are all factors of 6.
3. (Medicine) (foll by identifying numeral) med any of several substances that participate in the clotting of blood: factor VIII.
4. (Commerce) a person who acts on another's behalf, esp one who transacts business for another
5. (Banking & Finance) commerce a business that makes loans in return for or on security of trade debts
6. (Genetics) former name for a gene
7. (Law) commercial law a person to whom goods are consigned for sale and who is paid a factorage
8. (Law) (in Scotland) the manager of an estate
vb
(Commerce) (intr) to engage in the business of a factor
[C15: from Latin: one who acts, from facere to do]
ˈfactorable adj
ˌfactoraˈbility n
ˈfactorˌship n
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

fac•tor

(ˈfæk tər)

n.
1. one of the elements contributing to a particular result or situation.
2. 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.
3. any of certain substances necessary to a biochemical or physiological process, esp. those whose exact nature and function are unknown.
4. a business organization that lends money on accounts receivable or buys and collects accounts receivable.
5. an agent or merchant earning a commission by selling goods belonging to others.
6. a person or business organization that finances another's business.
v.t.
7. to express (a mathematical quantity) as a product of two or more quantities of like kind, as 30 = 2 ∙ 3 ∙ 5, or x2y2=(x + y) (x − y).
8. factor in or into, to include as a contributing element.
[1400–50; Middle English facto(u)r < Latin factor maker]
fac′tor•a•ble, adj.
fac′tor•ship`, n.

fac·tor

(făk′tər)
Noun
1. 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.
2. 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.

factor


Past participle: factored
Gerund: factoring

Imperative
factor
factor
Present
I factor
you factor
he/she/it factors
we factor
you factor
they factor
Preterite
I factored
you factored
he/she/it factored
we factored
you factored
they factored
Present Continuous
I am factoring
you are factoring
he/she/it is factoring
we are factoring
you are factoring
they are factoring
Present Perfect
I have factored
you have factored
he/she/it has factored
we have factored
you have factored
they have factored
Past Continuous
I was factoring
you were factoring
he/she/it was factoring
we were factoring
you were factoring
they were factoring
Past Perfect
I had factored
you had factored
he/she/it had factored
we had factored
you had factored
they had factored
Future
I will factor
you will factor
he/she/it will factor
we will factor
you will factor
they will factor
Future Perfect
I will have factored
you will have factored
he/she/it will have factored
we will have factored
you will have factored
they will have factored
Future Continuous
I will be factoring
you will be factoring
he/she/it will be factoring
we will be factoring
you will be factoring
they will be factoring
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been factoring
you have been factoring
he/she/it has been factoring
we have been factoring
you have been factoring
they have been factoring
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been factoring
you will have been factoring
he/she/it will have been factoring
we will have been factoring
you will have been factoring
they will have been factoring
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been factoring
you had been factoring
he/she/it had been factoring
we had been factoring
you had been factoring
they had been factoring
Conditional
I would factor
you would factor
he/she/it would factor
we would factor
you would factor
they would factor
Past Conditional
I would have factored
you would have factored
he/she/it would have factored
we would have factored
you would have factored
they would have factored
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.factor - anything that contributes causally to a resultfactor - anything that contributes causally to a result; "a number of factors determined the outcome"
cause - events that provide the generative force that is the origin of something; "they are trying to determine the cause of the crash"
fundamental - any factor that could be considered important to the understanding of a particular business; "fundamentals include a company's growth, revenues, earnings, management, and capital structure"
parameter - any factor that defines a system and determines (or limits) its performance
unknown quantity - a factor in a given situation whose bearing and importance is not apparent; "I don't know what the new man will do; he's still an unknown quantity"
wild card - an unpredictable factor; "the weather was a wild card"
releasing factor, releasing hormone, RF - a substance produced by the hypothalamus that is capable of accelerating the secretion of a given hormone by the anterior pituitary gland
intrinsic factor - a substance produced by the mucosa of the stomach and intestines that is essential for the absorption of vitamin B12; "lack of intrinsic factor can result in pernicious anemia"
2.factor - an abstract part of somethingfactor - 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"
be all and end all, be-all and end-all - the essential factor; the all-important element; the supreme aim; "profit is the be-all and end-all of business"
plot element - a component or element of the plot of a story
point - a geometric element that has position but no extension; "a point is defined by its coordinates"
division, section, part - one of the portions into which something is regarded as divided and which together constitute a whole; "the written part of the exam"; "the finance section of the company"; "the BBC's engineering division"
3.factor - one of two or more integers that can be exactly divided into another integer; "what are the 4 factors of 6?"
prime factor - the prime factors of a quantity are all of the prime quantities that will exactly divide the given quantity
integer, whole number - any of the natural numbers (positive or negative) or zero; "an integer is a number that is not a fraction"
equivalent-binary-digit factor - the average number of binary digits needed to express one radix digit in a numeration system that is not binary; on the average a number that can be expressed in N decimal digits takes 3.3N binary digits
common divisor, common factor, common measure - an integer that divides two (or more) other integers evenly
4.factor - a businessman who buys or sells for another in exchange for a commissionfactor - a businessman who buys or sells for another in exchange for a commission
brokerage, brokerage firm, securities firm - a stock broker's business; charges a fee to act as intermediary between buyer and seller
auctioneer - an agent who conducts an auction
bourgeois, businessperson - a capitalist who engages in industrial commercial enterprise
insurance agent, insurance broker, underwriter, general agent - an agent who sells insurance
investment banker, underwriter - a banker who deals chiefly in underwriting new securities
estate agent, house agent, land agent, real estate agent, real estate broker - a person who is authorized to act as an agent for the sale of land; "in England they call a real estate agent a land agent"
ship broker - an agent for the ship owner; obtains cargo and may arrange for its loading or discharge
stockbroker - an agent in the buying and selling of stocks and bonds
syndic - one appointed to represent a city or university or corporation in business transactions
travel agent - someone who sells or arranges trips or tours for customers
5.factor - any of the numbers (or symbols) that form a product when multiplied together
deflator - a statistical factor designed to remove the effect of inflation; inflation adjusted variables are in constant dollars
number - a concept of quantity involving zero and units; "every number has a unique position in the sequence"
conversion factor - factor by which a quantity that is expressed in one set of units must be multiplied in order to convert it into another set of units
constant of proportionality, factor of proportionality - the constant value of the ratio of two proportional quantities x and y; usually written y = kx, where k is the factor of proportionality
6.factor - an independent variable in statistics
experimental variable, independent variable - (statistics) a variable whose values are independent of changes in the values of other variables
7.factor - (genetics) a segment of DNA that is involved in producing a polypeptide chainfactor - (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"
dominant gene - gene that produces the same phenotype in the organism whether or not its allele identical; "the dominant gene for brown eyes"
allele, allelomorph - (genetics) either of a pair (or series) of alternative forms of a gene that can occupy the same locus on a particular chromosome and that control the same character; "some alleles are dominant over others"
genetic marker - a specific gene that produces a recognizable trait and can be used in family or population studies
homeotic gene - one the genes that are involved in embryologic development
lethal gene - any gene that has an effect that causes the death of the organism at any stage of life
linkage group, linked genes - any pair of genes that tend to be transmitted together; "the genes of Drosophila fall into four linkage groups"
modifier gene, modifier - a gene that modifies the effect produced by another gene
mutant gene - a gene that has changed so that the normal transmission and expression of a trait is affected
nonallele - genes that are not competitors at the same locus
operator gene - a gene that activates the production of messenger RNA by adjacent structural genes
oncogene, transforming gene - a gene that disposes normal cells to change into cancerous tumor cells
polygene - a gene that by itself has little effect on the phenotype but which can act together with others to produce observable variations
proto-oncogene - a normal gene that has the potential to become an oncogene
recessive gene - gene that produces its characteristic phenotype only when its allele is identical; "the recessive gene for blue eyes"
regulator gene, regulatory gene - a gene that produces a repressor substance that inhibits an operator gene
repressor gene - gene that prevents a nonallele from being transcribed
structural gene - a gene that controls the production of a specific protein or peptide
suppresser gene, suppressor gene, suppresser, suppressor - a gene that suppresses the phenotypic expression of another gene (especially of a mutant gene)
transgene - an exogenous gene introduced into the genome of another organism
X-linked gene - a gene located on an X chromosome
holandric gene, Y-linked gene - a gene located on a Y chromosome
chromosome - a threadlike strand of DNA in the cell nucleus that carries the genes in a linear order; "humans have 22 chromosome pairs plus two sex chromosomes"
genetic science, genetics - the branch of biology that studies heredity and variation in organisms
molecular biology - the branch of biology that studies the structure and activity of macromolecules essential to life (and especially with their genetic role)
sequence - serial arrangement in which things follow in logical order or a recurrent pattern; "the sequence of names was alphabetical"; "he invented a technique to determine the sequence of base pairs in DNA"
deoxyribonucleic acid, desoxyribonucleic acid, DNA - (biochemistry) a long linear polymer found in the nucleus of a cell and formed from nucleotides and shaped like a double helix; associated with the transmission of genetic information; "DNA is the king of molecules"
Verb1.factor - resolve into factors; "a quantum computer can factor the number 15"
arithmetic - the branch of pure mathematics dealing with the theory of numerical calculations
compute, calculate, cipher, cypher, figure, reckon, work out - make a mathematical calculation or computation
2.factor - be a contributing factor; "make things factor into a company's profitability"
contribute, lend, impart, add, bestow, bring - bestow a quality on; "Her presence lends a certain cachet to the company"; "The music added a lot to the play"; "She brings a special atmosphere to our meetings"; "This adds a light note to the program"
3.factor - consider as relevant when making a decision; "You must factor in the recent developments"
consider, study - give careful consideration to; "consider the possibility of moving"

factor

noun element, thing, point, part, cause, influence, item, aspect, circumstance, characteristic, consideration, component, determinant Physical activity is an important factor in maintaining fitness.
Usage: In strict usage, factor 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; more appropriate alternatives to factor in this sense are words such as component or element.

factor

noun
1. One of the individual entities contributing to a whole:
2. One of the conditions or facts attending an event and having some bearing on it:
Translations
عاملعُنْصُر، عامِلقاسِم، عامِل مُشْتَرَك
činiteldělitelokolnost
faktorforholdagent
tegur
edustajatekijä
facteurfactoriserrhésusaffactureraffactureur
szorzótényezõtényezõtényező
òáttur
daugiklisfaktorius
faktorsreizinātājs
deliteľ
dejavnik

factor

[ˈfæktəʳ]
A. N
1. (= consideration) → factor m
safety factorfactor m de seguridad
the human factorel factor humano
2. (Math) → factor m
highest common factormáximo común divisor m
to increase by a factor of fiveaumentar cinco veces, multiplicarse por cinco
3. (Comm) → agente mf comisionado/a
B. VI (Comm) → comprar deudas
factor in VT + ADV to factor sth inincluir algo como factor a tener en cuenta
factor into VT + PREP factor it into your decision-makingtenlo en cuenta a la hora de tomar una decisión

factor

[ˈfæktər]
n
(= element) [problem, decision] → facteur m
to be a factor in sth → être un facteur de qch, jouer un rôle dans qch
safety factor → facteur m de sécurité
risk factor → facteur m de risque
to be a risk factor for sth, to be a risk factor in sth → être un facteur de risque de qch
contributing factor → facteur contributif
to be a contributing factor to sth → être un facteur contributif dans qch, contribuer à qch feel-good factor
(MATHEMATICS)facteur m
to increase by a factor of 10 → être multiplié(e) par 10
(COMMERCE) (= business) → société f d'affacturage (= agent) → dépositaire mf
vifaire du factoring
factor in
vt sep (= take account of) → prendre en compte
to factor sth in to [+ calculation, decision] → prendre qch en compte dans

factor

n
Faktor m; the scandal was a contributing factor in his defeatder Skandal trug zu seiner Niederlage bei; to be a factor in determining/deciding somethingetw mitbestimmen/mitentscheiden
(of sun cream)Faktor m; I use factor 10ich verwende (Lichtschutz)faktor 10
(= agent)Makler(in) m(f)
(Comm, for debts) → Kommissionär(in) m(f)
(Math) → Faktor m; by a factor of two/three etcmit einem Faktor von zwei/drei etc
(Biol) → Erbfaktor m
vi (Comm) → Schulden aufkaufen

factor

[ˈfæktəʳ]
1. n
a. (fact) → fattore m, elemento
human factor → elemento umano
safety factor → coefficiente m di sicurezza
b. (Math) → fattore m
c. (Comm) (company) → società f inv di factoring (000) (agent) → factor m inv
2. vi (Comm) → esercitare il factoring

factor

(ˈfӕktə) noun
1. something, eg a fact, which has to be taken into account or which affects the course of events. There are various factors to be considered.
2. a number which exactly divides into another. 3 is a factor of 6.

fac·tor

n. factor, elemento que contribuye a producir una acción;
antihemophilic ______ antihemofílico;
clotting, coagulation ______ de coagulación;
epidermic growth ______ de crecimiento epidérmico;
fibroplast growth ______ de crecimiento fibroplástico;
releasing ______ liberador;
Rh ______ Rh [erre ache];
rheumatoid ______ reumatoideo;
tumor angiogenesis ______ angiogenético tumoral.

factor

n factor m; clotting o coagulation — factor de coagulación; — V Leiden factor V de Leiden; intrinsic — factor intrínseco; Rh — factor Rh; rheumatoid — factor reumatoide or reumatoideo; risk — factor de riesgo; sun protection — (SPF) factor de protección solar (FPS)
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