[fak-ter] /ˈfæk tər/
one of the elements contributing to a particular result or situation:
Poverty is only one of the factors in crime.
Mathematics. 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.
Biochemistry. any of certain substances necessary to a biochemical or physiological process, especially those whose exact nature and function are unknown.
a business organization that lends money on accounts receivable or buys and collects accounts receivable.
a person who acts or transacts business for another; an agent.
an agent entrusted with the possession of goods to be sold in the agent’s name; a merchant earning a commission by selling goods belonging to others.
a person or business organization that provides money for another’s new business venture; one who finances another’s business.
Scot. the steward or bailiff of an estate.
verb (used with object)
Mathematics. to express (a mathematical quantity) as a product of two or more quantities of like kind, as 30 = 2·3·5, or x 2 − y 2 = (x + y) (x − y).
Compare (def 4a).
to act as a factor for.
verb (used without object)
to act as a factor.
factor in/into, to include as an essential element, especially in forecasting or planning:
You must factor insurance payments into the cost of maintaining a car.
an element or cause that contributes to a result
(foll by identifying numeral) (med) any of several substances that participate in the clotting of blood: factor VIII
a person who acts on another’s behalf, esp one who transacts business for another
(commerce) a business that makes loans in return for or on security of trade debts
former name for a gene
(commercial law) a person to whom goods are consigned for sale and who is paid a factorage
(in Scotland) the manager of an estate
(intransitive) to engage in the business of a factor
early 15c., “agent, deputy,” from Middle French facteur “agent, representative,” from Latin factor “doer or maker,” agent noun from past participle stem of facere “to do” (see factitious). Sense of “circumstance producing a result” is from 1816.
1610s, “act as an agent,” from factor (n.). The use in mathematics is attested from 1837. Related: Factored; factoring.
factor fac·tor (fāk’tər)
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.
finagle factor, fudge factor
[fak-ter-ij] /ˈfæk tər ɪdʒ/ noun 1. the action or business of a . 2. the allowance or commission paid to a . /ˈfæktərɪdʒ/ noun 1. the commission payable to a factor
noun, Mathematics. 1. .
[fak-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr-] /fækˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-/ noun 1. Mathematics. the product of a given positive integer multiplied by all lesser positive integers: The quantity four factorial (4!) = 4 ⋅ 3 ⋅ 2 ⋅ 1 = 24. Symbol: n!, where n is the given integer. adjective 2. Mathematics. of or relating to or factorials. […]
- Factorial experiment
factorial experiment fac·to·ri·al experiment (fāk-tôr’ē-əl) n. An experimental design in which two or more series of treatments are tried in all combinations.