|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|
"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|
|Related terms:||businessperson realtor stockbroker insurance_broker investment_banker auctioneer ship_broker syndic travel_agent brokerage|
|6.||[ verb ] (mathematics) resolve into factors|
"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|
|9.||[ noun ] (chemistry) a self-replicating protein molecule that occupies a fixed place on a chromosome; a unit of heredity|
|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|