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  1. fac·tor
    IPA[ˈfaktər]
  2. noun

    • 1. a circumstance, fact, or influence that contributes to a result or outcome:

      she worked fast, conscious of the time factor his legal problems were not a factor in his decision
    • 2. a gene or similar agent transmitted by heredity from one generation to the next:

      the Rhesus factor
    • 3. a number or quantity that when multiplied with another produces a given number or expression:

      an amount that exceeds it by a factor of 1000 or more
    • 4. a number or algebraic expression by which another is exactly divisible.

    • 5. any of a number of substances in the blood, mostly identified by numerals, which are involved in coagulation.

    • 6. a business agent; a merchant buying and selling on commission:

      his father was chief factor for the Hudson's Bay Company
      Synonym : agent, representative, deputy, middleman, intermediary, go-between, estate manager, land agent, land steward, reeve
    • 7. a company that buys a manufacturer's invoices at a discount and takes responsibility for collecting the payments due on them.

    • 8. an agent, deputy, or representative.

    verb

    • 1. another term for factorize

    • 2. organize (the source code of a piece of software) into different components that are easier to maintain and work with:

      this situation occurs when code is factored to remove application- and domain-specific dependencies
    • 3. sell (one's receivable debts) to a factor:

      they collected rents while he factored these forfeited estates
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: factor, plural noun: factors

    • v.: verb: factor, 3rd person present: factors, gerund or present participle: factoring, past tense: factored, past participle: factored

    • noun

      a circumstance, fact, or influence that contributes to a result:

      a gene or similar agent transmitted by heredity from one generation to the next:

    • verb

      another term for factorize

      organize (the source code of a piece of software) into different components that are easier to maintain and work with:

    • noun

      a parameter of an oscillatory system or device, such as a laser, representing the degree to which it is undamped and hence expressing the relationship between stored energy and energy dissipation.

      a figure expressing the ability of ionizing radiation to cause biological damage, relative to a standard dose of X-rays.

    • noun

      a margin of security against risks.

      the ratio of a material's strength to an expected strain.

    • noun

      a mathematical factor that compensates for irregularity in the shape of an object, usually the ratio between its volume and that of a regular object of the same breadth and height.

      the physical size and shape of a piece of computer hardware.

    • noun

      the ratio of the average or actual amount of some quantity and the maximum possible or permissible.

      the ratio between the lift and the weight of an aircraft.

    • noun

      a noteworthy special talent or quality:

      a variable in a given situation that could have the most significant impact on the outcome:

    • noun

      an arithmetical multiplier for converting a quantity expressed in one set of units into an equivalent expressed in another.

      the manufacturing cost of a product relative to the cost of raw materials.

    • noun

      a feeling of horror, revulsion, or disgust generated by an aspect of an idea, action, situation, etc.:
    • noun

      a process in which the values of observed data are expressed as functions of a number of possible causes in order to find which are the most important.
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