One that actively contributes to an accomplishment, result, or process:
“Surprise is the greatest factor in war” (Tom Clancy).
See Synonyms at element.
who acts for someone else; an agent.
A person or firm that accepts accounts receivable as security for
Mathematics. One of two or more quantities that divides a given
quantity without a remainder. For example, 2 and 3 are factors of
6; a and b are factors of ab.
A quantity by which a stated quantity is multiplied or divided,
so as to indicate an increase or decrease in a measurement: The
rate increased by a factor of ten.
A gene. No longer in technical usage.
Physiology. A substance that functions in a specific biochemical
reaction or bodily process, such as blood coagulation.
fac·tored, fac·tor·ing, fac·tors
To determine or indicate explicitly the factors of.
To figure in: We factored sick days and vacations in when we prepared
the work schedule.
[Middle English factour, perpetrator, agent, from Old French facteur,
from Latin factor, maker, from facere, to make. See dh- in Indo-European
Main Entry: factoring
: the purchasing of accounts receivable from a business by a factor
who assumes the risk of loss in return for some agreed discount
n. (Math.) The act of resolving into factors.
\Fac"tor\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Factored (-t?rd); p. pr.
& vb. n. Factoring.] (Mach.) To resolve (a quantity) into its
: (mathematics) the resolution of an integer or polynomial into
factors such that when multiplied together they give the integer
or polynomial [syn: factorization, factorisation]