Meaning of FACTOR in English

FACTOR

/ ˈfæktə(r); NAmE / noun , verb

■ noun

1.

[ C ] one of several things that cause or influence sth :

economic factors

The closure of the mine was the single most important factor in the town's decline.

the key / crucial / deciding factor

2.

[ C ] ( mathematics ) a number that divides into another number exactly :

1, 2, 3, 4, 6 and 12 are the factors of 12.

3.

[ C ] the amount by which sth increases or decreases :

The real wage of the average worker has increased by a factor of over ten in the last 70 years.

4.

[ C ] a particular level on a scale of measurement :

a suntan lotion with a protection factor of 10

The wind-chill factor will make it seem colder.

5.

[ U ] ( medical ) a substance in the blood that helps the clotting process. There are several types of this substance :

Haemophiliacs have no factor 8 in their blood

IDIOMS

see feel-good

■ verb

PHRASAL VERBS

- factor sth in | factor sth into sth

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WORD ORIGIN

late Middle English (meaning doer , also in the Scots sense agent ): from French facteur or Latin factor , from fact- done, from the verb facere .

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.