Definitions of factor

  1. a businessman who buys or sells for another in exchange for a commission
  2. one of two or more integers that can be exactly divided into another integer; " what are the 4 factors of 6?"
  3. anything that contributes causally to a result; " a number of factors determined the outcome"
  4. any of the numbers ( or symbols) that form a product when multiplied together
  5. an independent variable in statistics
  6. One who transacts business for another; an agent; a substitute; especially, a mercantile agent who buys and sells goods and transacts business for others in commission; a commission merchant or consignee. He may be a home factor or a foreign factor. He may buy and sell in his own name, and he is intrusted with the possession and control of the goods; and in these respects he differs from a broker.
  7. A steward or bailiff of an estate.
  8. One of the elements or quantities which, when multiplied together, from a product.
  9. One of the elements, circumstances, or influences which contribute to produce a result; a constituent.
  10. To resolve ( a quantity) into its factors.
  11. Resolve into mathematical factors.
  12. A doer or transactor of business for another; one who buys and sells goods for others, on commission; one of two or more quantities, which, multiplied together, form a product.
  14. An agent in trade; one of two quantities multiplied together.
  15. A commission merchant; agent.
  16. One of two or more quantities that, when multiplied together, produce a given quantity.
  17. A foreign agent employed by merchants to buy and sell, and to transact business on their account; a steward; one of the quantities from the multiplication of which proceeds the product; anything which contributes to a result.
  18. An agent employed by merchants or proprietors to do business for them, or to sell their goods on commission; in Scot., a land- steward; in arith., a multiplier or multiplicand.

Usage examples for factor

  1. They can be improved, made clean, and wholesome, and thus become a positive factor in the development of right character. – On the Firing Line in Education by Adoniram Judson Ladd
  2. It will not " saw alone"; the one indispensable factor may still be lacking. – Rural Life and the Rural School by Joseph Kennedy
  3. She had spoken so earnestly to him, as if his presence were somehow a factor in her wish. – Tess of the d'Urbervilles A Pure Woman by Thomas Hardy
  4. Its frequency during the months of July and August is an important factor in the sum of outdoor enjoyment. – Nooks and Corners of the New England Coast by Samuel Adams Drake
  5. With the development of our industries the foreign commerce of the United States must rapidly become a still more essential factor in its economic welfare. – Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present by Various
  6. He was thinking of this factor of chance. – The Hidden Places by Bertrand W. Sinclair
  7. By its complicated movements it is an important factor in chewing, in swallowing, and in articulate speech. – A Practical Physiology by Albert F. Blaisdell
  8. The voluntary factor, as a means of regulating the heat loss in man, is one of great importance. – A Practical Physiology by Albert F. Blaisdell
  9. Fire was a factor common to all these frenzies. – Oomphel in the Sky by Henry Beam Piper
  10. These improvised field batteries might be of service in maintaining the line of communication if any advance of British troops be made, but as an actual factor in any defensive or offensive movements which the forces may undertake, their restricted utility escapes all serious consideration, and puts our present artillery almost at once out of action. – The Siege of Mafeking (1900) by J. Angus Hamilton
  11. I just didn't consider him a factor to be reckoned with, and I should have known better. – Rebels of the Red Planet by Charles Louis Fontenay
  12. Then Bayliss' men could be a saving factor. – Rebel Spurs by Andre Norton
  13. How to acquire this vital factor is suggested in its very analysis: Live with your subject until you are convinced of its importance. – The Art of Public Speaking by Dale Carnagey (AKA Dale Carnegie) and J. Berg Esenwein
  14. Nevertheless, the French outfit was a factor to be reckoned with. – The Huntress by Hulbert Footner
  15. But the colored vote was the important factor which now had to be considered and taken into account. – The Facts of Reconstruction by John R. Lynch
  16. I must not, however, utter a word which suggests that the Department has any ground of complaint against the country for the spirit in which it has been met; especially as there was one factor to be taken into account which made it difficult for public opinion to approve of our policy. – Ireland In The New Century by Horace Plunkett
  17. There is the factor of luck, always large of course, though not quite so large as a great many people suppose, and the factor of intelligence. – The Real Adventure by Henry Kitchell Webster
  18. " Even if you got through the pickets of majara, Blachland," struck in Sybrandt, when this man had retired; " you'd have another factor to reckon with. – The Triumph of Hilary Blachland by Bertram Mitford