Meaning of FACTOR in English

■ noun

1》 a circumstance, fact, or influence that contributes to a result.

↘ Biology a gene that determines a hereditary characteristic.

2》 Mathematics a number or quantity that when multiplied with another produces a given number or expression.

↘a number or algebraic expression by which another is exactly divisible.

3》 Physiology any of a number of substances in the blood which are involved in coagulation.

4》 a business agent.

↘a company that buys a manufacturer's invoices at a discount and takes responsibility for collecting the payments due on them.

↘ Scottish a land agent or steward.

■ verb

1》 ( ~ something in/out ) include (or exclude) something as a relevant element when making a decision.

2》 Mathematics another term for ~ize .

3》 sell (one's receivable debts) to a ~.


~able adjective


ME (meaning 'doer', also in the Scots sense 'agent'): from Fr. facteur or L. ~ , from fact- , facere 'do'.

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