1 anything that contributes causally to a result; "a number of factors determined the outcome"
2 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" [syn: component, constituent, element, ingredient]
3 any of the numbers (or symbols) that form a product when multiplied together
4 one of two or more integers that can be exactly divided into another integer; "what are the 4 factors of 6?" [syn: divisor]
6 an independent variable in statistics
7 (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" [syn: gene, cistron] v : resolve into factors; "a quantum computer can factor the number 15" [syn: factor in, factor out]
EtymologyFrom Latin factor, doer or maker, from perfect passive participle factus, done or made, from verb facere, do or make
- A doer, maker; a person who does things for another person or
- The factor of the trading post bought the furs.
- An integral part
- The greatest factor in the decision was the need for public
- The economy was a factor in this year's budget figures.
- The greatest factor in the decision was the need for public transportation.
- Any of various objects multiplied together to form
- 3 is a factor of 12, as are 2, 4 and 6.
- The factors of the Klein four-group are both cyclic of order 2.
- 3 is a factor of 12, as are 2, 4 and 6.
- (Root Cause Analysis) 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.
- 1956 — Arthur C.
Clarke, The City and the Stars, p 38
- The first thousand primes...marched in order before him...the complete sequence of all those numbers that possessed no factors except themselves and unity.
- To find all the factors of (a number or other mathematical object) (the objects that divide it evenly).
- In the context of "of a number or other mathematical object|intransitive": To be a product of other objects.
to find all factors of a number
EtymologyFrom verb facere, do or make
A factor, a Latin word meaning 'who/which acts' may refer to:
- Factor (agent), a person who acts for another, notably a mercantile and/or colonial agent
- Factor (Scotland), a person or firm managing a Scottish estate
- FACTOR, the Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent on Records
- Factors of production, a resource used in the production of goods and services
- An entity providing commercial finance services known as Factoring (finance)
- Max Factor, Sr., a Polish-American businessman and cosmetician
- Max Factor, Jr., son of the above, born Francis Factor
- Max Factor, a cosmetics company founded by Max Factor, Sr.
- John Factor, a Prohibition-era gangster
- Factorization the decomposition of an object into a product of other objects
- Integer factorization, the process of breaking down a composite number into smaller non-trivial divisors
- a coefficient
- a divisor of a particular number, or of an element of a monoid
- a von Neumann algebra with a trivial center
- In easier words: A number that takes part in a multiplication giving a particular number.
In computer science and information technology:
factor in Danish: Faktor
factor in German: Faktor
factor in French: Facteur
factor in Ido: Faktoro
factor in Dutch: Factor
factor in Norwegian: Faktor
factor in Romanian: Factor
factor in Simple English: Factor
factor in Slovak: Faktor
factor in Finnish: Faktori
factor in Swedish: Faktor
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