1. [ noun ] anything that contributes causally to a result

"a number of factors determined the outcome"

Related terms: cause parameter unknown_quantity coagulation_factor releasing_factor intrinsic_factor wild_card
2. [ noun ] an abstract part of something
Synonyms: element component ingredient constituent

: "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" "an effective ingredient of a speech"

Related terms: part point be-all_and_end-all factorize
3. [ noun ] (mathematics) any of the numbers (or symbols) that form a product when multiplied together
Related terms: number constant_of_proportionality conversion_factor deflator
4. [ noun ] (mathematics) one of two or more integers that can be exactly divided into another integer
Synonyms: divisor

"what are the 4 factors of 6?"

Related terms: integer common_divisor equivalent-binary-digit_factor prime_factor
5. [ noun ] (business) a businessman who buys or sells for another in exchange for a commission
Synonyms: broker agent
Related terms: businessperson realtor stockbroker insurance_broker investment_banker auctioneer ship_broker syndic travel_agent brokerage
6. [ verb ] (mathematics) resolve into factors
Synonyms: factor_out factor_in

"a quantum computer can factor the number 15"

Related terms: calculate arithmetic factorization
7. [ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 18721
8. [ noun ] (mathematics) an independent variable in statistics
Related terms: experimental_variable
9. [ noun ] (chemistry) a self-replicating protein molecule that occupies a fixed place on a chromosome; a unit of heredity
Synonyms: cistron gene
Related terms: sequence protein_molecule oncogene nonallele recessive_gene operator_gene lethal_gene modifier allele polygene dominant_gene proto-oncogene regulator_gene repressor_gene structural_gene suppresser x-linked_gene holandric_gene mutant_gene linkage_group homeotic_gene genetic_marker chromosome deoxyribonucleic_acid molecular_biology genetics
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