Definitions for: Factor

[n] a segment of DNA found on a chromosome that codes for a particular protein; a unit of heredity; "genes were formerly called factors"
[n] anything that contributes causally to a result; "a number of factors determined the outcome"
[n] a businessman who buys or sells for another in exchange for a commission
[n] any of the numbers (or symbols) that form a product when multiplied together
[n] one of two or more integers that can be exactly divided into another integer; "what are the 4 factors of 6?"
[v] resolve into factors

Webster (1913) Definition: Fac"tor, n. [L. factor a doer: cf. F. facteur a factor.
See Fact.]
1. (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. --Story. --Wharton.

My factor sends me word, a merchant's fled That owes
me for a hundred tun of wine. --Marlowe.

2. A steward or bailiff of an estate. [Scot.] --Sir W. Scott.

3. (Math.) One of the elements or quantities which, when
multiplied together, from a product.

4. One of the elements, circumstances, or influences which
contribute to produce a result; a constituent.

The materal and dynamical factors of nutrition. --H.

Fac"tor, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Factored (-t?rd); p. pr.
& vb. n. Factoring.] (Mach.)
To resolve (a quantity) into its factors.

Synonyms: agent, broker, component, constituent, divisor, element, factor in, factor out, gene, ingredient

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