I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French facteur, from Latin factor doer, from facere Date: 15th century 1. one who acts or transacts business for another: as a. broker 1b b. one that lends money to producers and dealers (as on the security of accounts receivable) 2. a. (1) one that actively contributes to the production of a result ; ingredient <
price wasn't a factor in the decision
(2) a substance that functions in or promotes the function of a particular physiological process or bodily system b. a good or service used in the process of production 3. gene 4. a. any of the numbers or symbols in mathematics that when multiplied together form a product; also a number or symbol that divides another number or symbol b. a quantity by which a given quantity is multiplied or divided in order to indicate a difference in measurement <
costs increased by a factor of 10
factorship noun II. verb (factored; factoring) Date: 1621 intransitive verb to work as a factor transitive verb 1. to resolve into factors 2. a. to include or admit as a factor — used with in or into <
factor inflation into our calculations
b. to exclude as a factor — used with outfactorable adjective

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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