factor has definitions from the fields of business,mathematics,chemistry
[ noun ] anything that contributes causally to a result


"a number of factors determined the outcome"

Used in print

(High Fidelity, 11:10...)

This difference is made_up of many factors .

Any alteration of one of these factors is distortion , although we generally use that word only for effects so pronounced that they can be stated quantitatively on the basis of standard tests .

A contributing factor is the perspective , the uniform aesthetic distance which is maintained .

(Richard I. McCosh, "Recreation Site Selection"...)

This , of_course , depends_on the character of the site itself , the previous experience of the investigator , and the number of factors needed to arrive_at a good decision .

Usually there are more factors to good site planning than first impressions .

[ noun ] an abstract part of something


: "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"

Used in print

([Anonymous,] "The Attack on Employee Services"...)

Younger men usually do n't think_of pensions as an important job benefit factor anyhow and they 're liable to change jobs several times before settling_down .

(Peter J. White, "Report on Laos"...)

The soldiers are fighting and the Americans are helping , he said , but in the fight against the Pathet_Lao the key factor is the villager himself .

(The Department of State: A Fresh Look at the...)

The problem in the policy officer 's mind thus begins to take_shape as a galaxy of utterly complicated factors - political , military , economic , financial , legal , legislative , procedural , administrative - to be sorted_out and handled within a political_system which moves by consent in_relation_to an external environment which cannot be under_control .

(Jesse W. Grimes and Wesley Allinsmith, "Compuls...)

The question may be raised whether or not we are dealing with a common factor in anxiety and compulsivity .

The relationship of intelligence_test scores to school achievement is a well established fact ( in this case , * * f ) ; therefore , in the investigation of the present hypothesis , it was necessary to control this factor .

[ noun ] (mathematics) any of the numbers (or symbols) that form a product when multiplied together
[ noun ] (mathematics) 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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(J. F. Vedder, "Micrometeorites", in Francis S. J...)

The day-to-day rate varied by less_than a factor of 4.5 .

From an estimated mass of 25 g for a zero magnitude meteorite , the other masses are derived with the assumption of a mass decrease by a factor of 2.512 for each unit increase in magnitude .

It is assumed that the flux values increase by a factor of 2.512 per magnitude , in accordance with the opinion that the total mass flux in each unit range in magnitude is constant .

(Kenneth Hoffman and Ray Kunze, Linear Al...)

Note also that if * * f , then * * f is divisible_by the polynomial p , because * * f contains each * * f as a factor .

[ noun ] (business) a businessman who buys or sells for another in exchange for a commission


broker agent

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(John Harnsberger and Robert P. Wilkins,...)

Alexander_McDonnell , governor of Red_River , and James_Bird , a chief factor of the Hudson's_Bay_Company , ordered such `` sundry articles '' to a value of 4500 .

[ verb ] (mathematics) resolve into factors


"a quantum computer can factor the number 15"

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(Kenneth Hoffman and Ray Kunze, Linear Al...)

We can do this through the characteristic values and vectors of T in certain special cases , i.e. , when the minimal polynomial for T factors over the scalar_field F into a product of distinct monic_polynomials of degree 1 .

Second , even if the characteristic polynomial factors completely over F into a product of polynomials of degree 1 , there may not be enough characteristic vectors for T to span the space V ; this is clearly a deficiency in T .

[ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 18721
[ noun ] (mathematics) an independent variable in statistics

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