Noun: factor fak-tu(r)- Anything that contributes causally to a result
"a number of factors determined the outcome" - An abstract part of something
"a key factor in her success"; - component, constituent, element, ingredient - One of two or more integers that can be exactly divided into another integer
"what are the 4 factors of 6?"; - divisor - A businessman who buys or sells for another in exchange for a commission
- agent, broker - Any of the numbers (or symbols) that form a product when multiplied together
- An independent variable in statistics
- (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"; "cistrons were formerly called factors"; - gene, cistron Verb: factor fak-tu(r)- (arithmetic) resolve into factors
"a quantum computer can factor the number 15"; - factor in, factor out - Be a contributing factor
"make things factor into a company's profitability" - Consider as relevant when making a decision
"You must factor in the recent developments"; - factor in, factor out
Derived forms: factored, factoring, factors Type of: add, bestow, bourgeois, bring, businessperson, calculate, cause, cipher, compute, consider, contribute, cypher, division, experimental variable, figure [N. Amer], impart, independent variable, integer, lend, number, part, reckon, section, sequence, study, whole number, work out Part of: brokerage, brokerage firm, chromosome, deoxyribonucleic acid, desoxyribonucleic acid, DNA, securities firm Encyclopedia: Factor, John |