Definition of "factor" []

  • One that actively contributes to an accomplishment, result, or process: "Surprise is the greatest factor in war” ( Tom Clancy). See Synonyms at element. (noun)
  • One who acts for someone else; an agent. (noun)
  • A person or firm that accepts accounts receivable as security for short-term loans. (noun)
  • Mathematics One of two or more quantities that divides a given quantity without a remainder. For example, 2 and 3 are factors of 6; a and b are factors of ab. (noun)
  • A quantity by which a stated quantity is multiplied or divided, so as to indicate an increase or decrease in a measurement: The rate increased by a factor of ten. (noun)
  • An element or cause that contributes to a result (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • One of two or more integers or polynomials whose product is a given integer or polynomial (noun)
  • An integer or polynomial that can be exactly divided into another integer or polynomial (noun)
  • Any of several substances that participate in the clotting of blood (noun)
  • A person who acts on another's behalf, esp one who transacts business for another (noun)
  • A business that makes loans in return for or on security of trade debts (noun)
  • A person to whom goods are consigned for sale and who is paid a factorage (noun)
  • (in Scotland) the manager of an estate (noun)
  • To engage in the business of a factor (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "factor" in a sentence
  • "Another factor that can help in the selection of the right tree is its “cooling factor”."
  • "As we said over and over again during the Democratic primary, gender is a factor but not * the only factor* in choosing a candidate to support."
  • "As history reveals, all systemic failures of society and markets are a result of what I term factor imbalance – i.e., an imbalance of social, political, and marketplace power between the major economic factors, capital and labor."