Factor

Noun

  • (law)
  • A business organization that lends money on accounts receivable or buys and collects accounts receivable.
  • (mathematics) Any of various objects multiplied together to form some whole.

    "3 is a factor of 12, as are 2, 4 and 6."

  • (economics) A resource used in the production of goods or services, a factor of production.
  • (now rare) An agent or representative.
  • A person or business organization that provides money for another's new business venture; one who finances another's business.
  • One of the elements, circumstances, or influences which contribute to produce a result.

    "The economy was a factor in this year's budget figures."

  • (root cause analysis) Influence; a phenomenon that affects the nature, the magnitude, and/or the timing of a consequence.

    "The launch temperature was a factor of the Challenger disaster."

  • (obsolete) A doer, maker; a person who does things for another person or organization.

    "The factor of the trading post bought the furs."

  • A commission agent.
  • One of the elements, circumstances, or influences which contribute to produce a result.

    "The greatest factor in the decision was the need for public transportation."

  • (mathematics) Any of various objects multiplied together to form some whole.

    "The factors of the Klein four-group are both cyclic of order 2."

  • (Scotland) A steward or bailiff of an estate.

Verb

  • (of a number or other mathematical object, intransitive) To be a product of other objects.
  • (transitive) To find all the factors of (a number or other mathematical object) (the objects that divide it evenly).

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