Definition of factor in English:
1A circumstance, fact, or influence that contributes to a result or outcome: his legal problems were not a factor in his decision she worked fast, conscious of the time factor
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- Similarly, family and friends of students have been considered an influential factor in choosing an agriculture major.
- Timely administration is a key factor in achieving positive results with hyaluronidase.
- What is the greatest factor in contributing to childhood obesity?
1.1 Biology A gene that determines a hereditary characteristic: the Rhesus factor
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- Homeobox genes encode transcription factors involved in many aspects of developmental processes.
- These findings provide insights into how genomes and environmental factors interact to determine phenotypes.
- In related studies, the genetic factors determining the conformation of curd was analyzed.
2A number or quantity that when multiplied with another produces a given number or expression.
- Multiply your X factor by 159 to reach a daily total of 2,067 calories a day.
- Here, the change often seemed to be proportional to the molecular weight of the solute multiplied by a factor of two, three or four.
- Take the maximum draw weight of the bow required and multiply this by a factor of 5.
2.1 Mathematics A number or algebraic expression by which another is exactly divisible.
- So what about those Fibonacci numbers with no factors (apart from 1 and itself, of course)?
- The fraction 10/12 can be reduced, because both the numerator and denominator have factors of 2.
- A number that only has two factors, one and itself, is called a prime number.
3 Physiology Any of a number of substances in the blood, mostly identified by numerals, which are involved in coagulation. See factor VIII.
- These include a change in the balance between procoagulant and anticoagulant factors in the blood.
- In hemostasis, there is a balance between procoagulant factors and natural anticoagulant proteins.
- In recent years literature is emerging on the role of different factors of blood coagulation in arterial thrombosis.
4A business agent; a merchant buying and selling on commission.
- The brassfounders' traditional use of factors and agents accounts for the maddening anonymity of the catalogues.
- Each district was normally headed by a chief factor, who reported to the departmental governor.
4.1A company that buys a manufacturer’s invoices at a discount and takes responsibility for collecting the payments due on them.
- Usually notice is given to the account debtor and the debts are collected directly by the factor.
- It is the factor who then receives payment from the importer.
4.2 archaic An agent, deputy, or representative.
- Now a gentleman called Antigono happened to arrive in Paphos on business; he was of a great age and of greater wisdom but of only modest wealth, for he had acted in a number of transactions as factor to the King of Cyprus but luck had gone against him.
- This was the official report of the expedition that Biedma, as factor to the king, wrote to the "King of Spain in Council".
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1 Mathematics another term for factorize.
- It meant that the resources needed to use previously known algorithms for factoring numbers of a given size could now be used to factor significantly larger numbers.
- I don't understand how to start out factoring this algebra.
- But if you could factor large numbers then you could break these codes.
2Sell (one’s receivable debts) to a factor.
- Of considerably more importance is that Scanchem is now factoring its invoices, and thus increasing its apparent borrowing, the outstanding amounts being secured by a charge on the book debts of the company, as is normal.
- They were however concerned that they might be factoring bogus invoices.
- Consider factoring or invoice discounting - drawing down bank finance against your debtor balance.
- the —— factor
- Used to indicate that something specified will have a powerful, though unpredictable, influence on a result or outcome: the feel-good factorMore example sentences
- When power or greed is the motivating factor, the result can be disastrous.
- It should be an interesting race with the key factor being the influence of temperature on both makes of tyres.
- This appears to have been the primary factor influencing the majority opinions in White v Jones.
- factor something in (or out)
- Include (or exclude) something as a relevant element when making a calculation or decision: when the psychological costs are factored in, a different picture will emergeMore example sentences
- The Department of Education had estimated the bill for compensation would reach €508m, rising to €610m when legal and administration costs were factored in.
- Courts Service chief executive officer PJ Fitzpatrick said they did not see the original lease until much later and were unaware refurbishment costs were factored in to the rental price.
- Puppeteers argue their fees are low if their working hours are factored in, including preparation for the show and the cleanup.
Late Middle English (meaning 'doer, perpetrator,' also in the Scots sense 'agent'): from French facteur or Latin factor, from fact- 'done', from the verb facere.
Words that rhyme with factorabstractor, actor, attractor, compactor, contractor, enactor, exactor, extractor, infractor, protractor, redactor, refractor, tractor, transactor
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