factor

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v factor resolve into factors "a quantum computer can factor the number 15"
    • v factor consider as relevant when making a decision "You must factor in the recent developments"
    • v factor be a contributing factor "make things factor into a company's profitability"
    • n factor (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"
    • n factor an independent variable in statistics
    • n factor 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"
    • n factor anything that contributes causally to a result "a number of factors determined the outcome"
    • n factor a businessman who buys or sells for another in exchange for a commission
    • n factor any of the numbers (or symbols) that form a product when multiplied together
    • n factor one of two or more integers that can be exactly divided into another integer "what are the 4 factors of 6?"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Chameleons change their color by dispersing the concentration of pigment in their skin. This is controlled by the autonomic nervous system. Color changes are determined by external factors such as light and temperature as well as emotions. They do not change color to match their background.
    • Factor A steward or bailiff of an estate.
    • Factor (Math) One of the elements or quantities which, when multiplied together, form a product.
    • Factor One of the elements, circumstances, or influences which contribute to produce a result; a constituent; a contributory cause. "The materal and dynamical factors of nutrition."
    • Factor (Law) One who transacts business for another; an agent; a substitute; especially, a mercantile agent who buys and sells goods and transacts business for others in commission; a commission merchant or consignee. He may be a home factor or a foreign factor. He may buy and sell in his own name, and he is intrusted with the possession and control of the goods; and in these respects he differs from a broker. "My factor sends me word, a merchant's fled
      That owes me for a hundred tun of wine."
    • v. t Factor (Mach) To resolve (a quantity) into its factors.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Each unit on the Richter Scale is equivalent to a power factor of about 32. So a 6 is 32 times more powerful than a 5! Though it goes to 10, 9 is estimated to be the point of total tectonic destruction. 2 is the smallest that can be felt unaided.
    • n factor One who transacts business for another or others; specifically, in com., a commission-merchant; an agent intrusted with the possession of goods for sale. “The distinctive features of his position are: he pursues the business of receiving and selling goods as a trade or calling; the goods are received either in bulk or sample into his possession; he has power to sell; he serves for a commission, although in exceptional cases remuneration may be made in some other way; he is generally resident in some other place than his principal.” (Wharton, On Agency, § 435.) More loosely, a factor is an agent to buy or sell goods, or both, and to handle them, to buy or sell bills of exchange, and do other business on account of persons in other places.
    • n factor In Scotland, a person appointed by a heritor, landholder, or house-proprietor to manage an estate, to let lands or tenements on lease, to collect rents, etc.
    • n factor An agent or a deputy generally.
    • n factor In American law, in some of the United States, a person charged as a garnishee.
    • n factor In mathematics, one of the two or more numbers, expressions, or quantities which when multiplied together produce a given product: as, 6 and 3 are factors of 18. As every product can be divided by any of its factors without remainder, factor may also be defined as an expression or quantity by which another expression or quantity may be divided without a remainder.
    • n factor One of several circumstances, elements, or influences which tend to the production of a given result.
    • n factor See the adjectives.
    • factor To act as factor for; look after, let, and draw the rents for; manage: as, to factor property.
    • factor In mathematics, to resolve into factors: as, x—y is factored into (x + y) (x—y).
    • factor To act as factor.
    • n factor In electricity, in alternating current-waves, a constant which characterizes the shape of the wave: usually defined as the ratio of the effective value of the wave to the effective value of a sine wave of equal mean value.
    • n factor Specifically, in an engine, the ratio of the difference between the maximum and mean turning moments to the mean turning moment. This factor determines the weight of the fly-wheel necessary to make the engine run steadily, the function of the fly-wheel being the storing up of energy at the time of the maximum turning moment, or when it is greater than the mean, and the giving up of that energy when the turning moment is less than the mean.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The chameleon has several cell layers beneath its transparent skin. These layers are the source of the chameleon's color change. Some of the layers contain pigments, while others just reflect light to create new colors. Several factors contribute to the color change. A popular misconception is that chameleons change color to match their environment. This isn't true. Light, temperature, and emotional state commonly bring about a chameleon's change in color. The chameleon will most often change between green, brown and gray, which coincidently, often matches the background colors of their habitat.
    • n Factor fak′tor a doer or transactor of business for another: one who buys and sells goods for others, on commission: :
    • n Factor fak′tor (Scot.) an agent managing heritable estates for another
    • n Factor fak′tor (math.) one of two or more parts, which, when multiplied together, result in a given number—e.g. 6 and 4 are factors of 24: an element in the composition of anything, or in bringing about a certain result
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Quotations

  • Konstantin Stanislavisky
    Konstantin Stanislavisky
    “The main factor in any form of creativeness is the life of a human spirit, that of the actor and his part, their joint feelings and subconscious creation.”
  • Elwyn Brooks White
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    “Heredity is a strong factor, even in architecture. Necessity first mothered invention. Now invention has little ones of her own, and they look just like grandma.”
  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
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    “A client is to me a mere unit, a factor in a problem.”
  • Jack Nicklaus
    Jack Nicklaus
    “Confidence is the most important single factor in this game, and no matter how great your natural talent, there is only one way to obtain and sustain it: work.”
  • James A. Worsham
    James A. Worsham
    “I am convinced that one of the biggest factors in success is the courage to undertake something.”
  • Willie Shoemaker
    Willie Shoemaker
    “Desire is the most important factor in the success of any athlete.”

Idioms

X factor - The dangers for people in the military that civilians do not face, for which they receive payment, are known as the X factor.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. factor, a doer: cf. F. facteur, a factor. See Fact
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—facĕre.

Usage

In literature:

This was not the only factor that was framing up to give the German armies a decided advantage.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume II (of VIII)" by Various
There is little doubt that this book was one of the most potent factors in determining the bent of Darwin's mind.
"The Meaning of Evolution" by Samuel Christian Schmucker
The very fact that negroes were leaving in large numbers was a disturbing factor.
"Negro Migration during the War" by Emmett J. Scott
The resulting exposure and the inevitable effluvia following the receding waters are both objectionable factors in hygienic living.
"Rural Hygiene" by Henry N. Ogden
Even now, with all our improvements, the social factors in rural life are comparatively small.
"Rural Life and the Rural School" by Joseph Kennedy
But the most potent factor in the spread of French influence in the early history of our country was Thomas Jefferson.
"College Teaching" by Paul Klapper
Other factors, of course, than length of season enter into the ripening of grapes.
"Manual of American Grape-Growing" by U. P. Hedrick
A second factor in community life is the age of its people.
"The Farmer and His Community" by Dwight Sanderson
In this way, with a higher degree of human culture, all the factors tend to restore monogamy.
"The Sexual Question" by August Forel
The association was not an important factor in the campaign.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume VI" by Various
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In poetry:

All the world's a stage you know
The men and women actors;
A little joy, a little woe--
These are but human factors.
"To Clara Morris" by Edwin Carty Ranck
A Charmer's but a factor for the fiend,
Taught the unthinking vulgar to deceive,
Who take much pains to quit their real friend,
And to the fiend adulterously cleave.
"An Admonition To The Sick To Call For A Clergyman And A Physician, And To Shun All Charms, &c. &c." by Rees Prichard

In news:

Religion is a significant factor in the way Americans think about politics.
If you're experienced the "cool" factor of American Handgunner and want to see what you missed last year, you're in luck.
Better governance could be a factor in regional progress.
Rush To Certify G650 a Factor in Test Crash.
Cool form factor and eco-friendly, these fixtures make a statement.
Breast cancer mortality and the change in fertility nsk factors at menopause: a prospective study of 800 000 married Norwegian women.
Chimera 's parents still live in the same house he grew up in in Edmonton, so the familiarity factor is still there despite all the time away while playing professionally.
But I just learned from Dr Micheline Giovani that new studies show you can dial down the pain factor and still get the same results.
'Green Hornet's Jay Chou to Star in Emperor Pictures' 'The Viral Factor'.
One factor on Chrismon 's mind is the possibility of a worldwide draft.
The story of the best computing form factor ever.
Romney-video story thrives on clandestine factor.
Recombinant fibroblast growth factor-2 (rFGF-2) improves perfusion in models of myocardial and hindlimb ischaemia.
Also, More of 'X-Factor' as It Continues to Implode.
Let's take a look at the most important factors to consider when working with coax .
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In science:

M at(n, q) factors into ni degree i irreducible factors is the same as the probability that an element of Sn factors into ni cycles of degree i.
Random matrix theory over finite fields: a survey
Factor() returns one plus the Coulomb factor multiplied with the appropriate matrix element of Coulomb factors.
AMEGIC++ 1.0, A Matrix Element Generator In C++
A von Neumann algebra is simple precisely when it is either a factor of type In for n < ∞ (in which case it is isomorphic to Mn (C)), a factor of type II1 , or a separable factor of type III.
A simple C*-algebra with a finite and an infinite projection
As an example a factor of ∼ 2 lower normalization factor, could mimic a factor of ∼ 3 − 4 lower NH .
Absorption in Gamma Ray Burst afterglows
Then probability, FS (Q), to find the resonator with the maximum quality factor in the interval [Q, Q + dQ] is determined by the expression FS (Q)dQ = PnQ (1) YQ1>Q so that there is one resonator with quality factor from Q to Q + dQ and there are no resonators with the higher quality factor.
Universal Fluctuations of the Random Lasing Threshold in a Sample of a Finite Area
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