factor

A factor is a part or element that contributes to a result. If you only fly budget airlines and refuse to stay anywhere but youth hostels, then money is probably a big factor in your travel plans.

The word factor doubles as both noun and verb. A factor is an element that influences something, like many factors that contribute to global warming. To factor means to consider something relevant when making a decision or conclusion, like factoring in the weather and traffic when figuring out how long the drive will be. And if it's not relevant? Then you factor it out.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: factor

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anything that contributes causally to a result
be a contributing factor
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any of the numbers (or symbols) that form a product when multiplied together
resolve into factors
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an independent variable in statistics
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a businessman who buys or sells for another in exchange for a commission
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(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
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: factor
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n anything that contributes causally to a result

“a number of factors determined the outcome”
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fundamental
any factor that could be considered important to the understanding of a particular business
parameter
any factor that defines a system and determines (or limits) its performance
unknown quantity
a factor in a given situation whose bearing and importance is not apparent
wild card
an unpredictable factor
RF, releasing factor, releasing hormone
a substance produced by the hypothalamus that is capable of accelerating the secretion of a given hormone by the anterior pituitary gland
intrinsic factor
a substance produced by the mucosa of the stomach and intestines that is essential for the absorption of vitamin B12
GHRF, growth hormone-releasing factor
a releasing factor that accelerates the secretion of growth hormone by the anterior pituitary body
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cause
events that provide the generative force that is the origin of something

n an abstract part of something

“a key factor in her success”
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component, constituent, element, ingredient
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be all and end all, be-all and end-all
the essential factor; the all-important element; the supreme aim
plot element
a component or element of the plot of a story
point
a geometric element that has position but no extension
MacGuffin, McGuffin
(film) a plot element that catches the viewers' attention or drives the plot
attracter, attractor
(physics) a point in the ideal multidimensional phase space that is used to describe a system toward which the system tends to evolve regardless of the starting conditions of the system
intersection, intersection point, point of intersection
a point where lines intersect
intercept
the point at which a line intersects a coordinate axis
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division, part, section
one of the portions into which something is regarded as divided and which together constitute a whole

v be a contributing factor

“make things factor into a company's profitability”
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add, bestow, bring, contribute, impart, lend
bestow a quality on

v consider as relevant when making a decision

“You must factor in the recent developments”
Synonyms:
factor in, factor out
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consider, study
give careful consideration to
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n any of the numbers (or symbols) that form a product when multiplied together

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deflator
a statistical factor designed to remove the effect of inflation; inflation adjusted variables are in constant dollars
conversion factor
factor by which a quantity that is expressed in one set of units must be multiplied in order to convert it into another set of units
constant of proportionality, factor of proportionality
the constant value of the ratio of two proportional quantities x and y; usually written y = kx, where k is the factor of proportionality
Planck's constant, h
the constant of proportionality relating the energy of a photon to its frequency; approximately 6.626 x 10^-34 joule-second
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number
a concept of quantity involving zero and units

n one of two or more integers that can be exactly divided into another integer

“what are the 4 factors of 6?”
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divisor
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prime factor
the prime factors of a quantity are all of the prime quantities that will exactly divide the given quantity
equivalent-binary-digit factor
the average number of binary digits needed to express one radix digit in a numeration system that is not binary; on the average a number that can be expressed in N decimal digits takes 3.3N binary digits
common divisor, common factor, common measure
an integer that divides two (or more) other integers evenly
greatest common divisor, greatest common factor, highest common factor
the largest integer that divides without remainder into a set of integers
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integer, whole number
any of the natural numbers (positive or negative) or zero

v resolve into factors

“a quantum computer can factor the number 15”
Synonyms:
factor in, factor out
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calculate, cipher, compute, cypher, figure, reckon, work out
make a mathematical calculation or computation
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n an independent variable in statistics

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experimental variable, independent variable
(statistics) a variable whose values are independent of changes in the values of other variables
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n a businessman who buys or sells for another in exchange for a commission

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agent, broker
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auctioneer
an agent who conducts an auction
general agent, insurance agent, insurance broker, underwriter
an agent who sells insurance
investment banker, underwriter
a banker who deals chiefly in underwriting new securities
estate agent, house agent, land agent, real estate agent, real estate broker
a person who is authorized to act as an agent for the sale of land
ship broker
an agent for the ship owner; obtains cargo and may arrange for its loading or discharge
stockbroker
an agent in the buying and selling of stocks and bonds
syndic
one appointed to represent a city or university or corporation in business transactions
travel agent
someone who sells or arranges trips or tours for customers
killer bee
an investment banker who devises strategies to make a target company less attractive for takeover
Realtor
a real estate agent who is a member of the National Association of Realtors
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bourgeois, businessperson
a capitalist who engages in industrial commercial enterprise
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n (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
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cistron, gene
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dominant gene
gene that produces the same phenotype in the organism whether or not its allele identical
allele, allelomorph
(genetics) either of a pair (or series) of alternative forms of a gene that can occupy the same locus on a particular chromosome and that control the same character
genetic marker
a specific gene that produces a recognizable trait and can be used in family or population studies
homeotic gene
one the genes that are involved in embryologic development
lethal gene
any gene that has an effect that causes the death of the organism at any stage of life
linkage group, linked genes
any pair of genes that tend to be transmitted together
modifier, modifier gene
a gene that modifies the effect produced by another gene
mutant gene
a gene that has changed so that the normal transmission and expression of a trait is affected
nonallele
genes that are not competitors at the same locus
operator gene
a gene that activates the production of messenger RNA by adjacent structural genes
oncogene, transforming gene
a gene that disposes normal cells to change into cancerous tumor cells
polygene
a gene that by itself has little effect on the phenotype but which can act together with others to produce observable variations
proto-oncogene
a normal gene that has the potential to become an oncogene
recessive gene
gene that produces its characteristic phenotype only when its allele is identical
regulator gene, regulatory gene
a gene that produces a repressor substance that inhibits an operator gene
repressor gene
gene that prevents a nonallele from being transcribed
structural gene
a gene that controls the production of a specific protein or peptide
suppresser, suppresser gene, suppressor, suppressor gene
a gene that suppresses the phenotypic expression of another gene (especially of a mutant gene)
transgene
an exogenous gene introduced into the genome of another organism
X-linked gene
a gene located on an X chromosome
Y-linked gene, holandric gene
a gene located on a Y chromosome
dominant, dominant allele
an allele that produces the same phenotype whether its paired allele is identical or different
recessive, recessive allele
an allele that produces its characteristic phenotype only when its paired allele is identical
homeobox, homeobox gene
one of various similar homeotic genes that are involved in bodily segmentation during embryonic development
CFTR, cystic fibrosis transport regulator
the gene that is mutated in cystic fibrosis
tumor suppressor gene
a suppressor gene that blocks unscheduled cell division
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sequence
serial arrangement in which things follow in logical order or a recurrent pattern
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