Meaning of factor

Definition of factor

(noun) anything that contributes causally to a result; "a number of factors determined the outcome"
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"
one of two or more integers that can be exactly divided into another integer; "what are the 4 factors of 6?"
a businessman who buys or sells for another in exchange for a commission
any of the numbers (or symbols) that form a product when multiplied together
(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"
(verb) resolve into factors; "a quantum computer can factor the number 15"
be a contributing factor; "make things factor into a company's profitability"
consider as relevant when making a decision; "You must factor in the recent developments"

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