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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Usage statistics for the noun factor:

spoken English26.94%written English73.06% imaginative writing5.24%informational writing94.76%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun factor:


The word factor and its family (factored, factoring, factors) are included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the noun factor

What does factor mean as a name of something?

Factor is one of the top 1000 most common nouns. It is used mostly in informational writing, being one of the top 1000 most common nouns in informational written English.

noun - plural: factors

  1. anything that contributes causally to a result
    • example: a number of factors determined the outcome
    • lexical domain: Natural Events - nouns denoting natural events
    • more generic word: cause = events that provide the generative force that is the origin of something
    • more specific terms:
      • 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
      • releasing hormone / releasing factor / RF = 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
  2. an abstract part of something
  3. one of two or more integers that can be exactly divided into another integer
    • example: what are the 4 factors of 6?
    • lexical domain: Quantities - nouns denoting quantities and units of measure
    • synonym of factor: divisor
    • more generic terms: integer / whole number = any of the natural numbers (positive or negative) or zero
    • more specific terms:
  4. a businessman who buys or sells for another in exchange for a commission
  5. any of the numbers (or symbols) that form a product when multiplied together
    • lexical domain: Quantities - nouns denoting quantities and units of measure
    • more generic word: number = a concept of quantity involving zero and units
    • more specific terms:
  6. an independent variable in statistics
  7. (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
    • example: genes were formerly called factors
    • domains: genetic science / genetics; molecular biology
    • lexical domain: Body Parts - nouns denoting body parts
    • synonyms of factor: cistron / gene
    • more generic word: sequence = serial arrangement in which things follow in logical order or a recurrent pattern
    • more specific terms:
      • dominant gene = gene that produces the same phenotype in the organism whether or not its allele identical
      • allelomorph / allele = 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 gene / modifier = 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
      • transforming gene / oncogene = 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
      • regulatory gene / regulator 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 gene / suppressor gene / suppresser / suppressor = a gene that suppresses the phenotypic expression of another gene
      • transgene = an exogenous gene introduced into the genome of another organism
      • X-linked gene = a gene located on an X chromosome
      • holandric gene / Y-linked gene = a gene located on a Y chromosome
    • part of: chromosome = a threadlike strand of DNA in the cell nucleus that carries the genes in a linear order; deoxyribonucleic acid / desoxyribonucleic acid / DNA = a long linear polymer found in the nucleus of a cell and formed from nucleotides and shaped like a double helix

Alternative definition of the noun factor


  1. A doer, maker; a person who does things for another person or organization
  2. An integral part
  3. [mathematics] Any of various objects multiplied together to form some whole
  4. [context: root cause analysis] Influence; a phenomenon that affects the nature, the magnitude, and/or the timing of a consequence

Definition of the verb factor

What does factor mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: factored | factoring | factors

  1. resolve into factors
  2. be a contributing factor
  3. consider as relevant when making a decision
    • example: You must factor in the recent developments
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • synonyms of factor: factor in / factor out
    • more generic words: consider / study = give careful consideration to

Alternative definition of the verb factor


  1. [transitive] To find all the factors of (a number or other mathematical object) (the objects that divide it evenly).
  2. [context: of a number or other mathematical object, intransitive] To be a product of other objects.


Who is Factor?

Factor: Graham Murawsky, better known by his stage name Factor, is an underground hip hop producer from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. He is a founder of Side Road Records.


Factor is a fictional character from the 1950 film Snow Dog.


Factor is a Building.


  1. Factor is a stack-oriented programming language created by Slava Pestov. Factor is dynamically typed and has automatic memory management, as well as powerful metaprogramming features. The language has a single implementation featuring a self-hosted optimizing compiler and an interactive development environment. The Factor distribution includes a large standard library.
  2. Factor: A factor, Latin for "doer, maker", is a mercantile fiduciary who receives and sells goods on commission, transacting business in his own name and not disclosing his principal, and historically with his seat at a factory. A factor differs from a commission merchant in that a factor takes possession of goods on consignment, whereas a commission merchant sells goods not in his possession on the basis of samples. Most modern factor business is in the textile field, but factors are also used to a great extent in the shoe, furniture, hardware, and other industries, and the trade areas in which factors operate have increased.
  3. Factor: In music, a factor or chord factor is a member or component of a chord. These are named root, third, fifth, sixth, seventh, ninth, eleventh, thirteenth, and so on, for their generic interval above the root. In harmony, the consonance and dissonance of a chord factor and a nonchord tone are distinguished, respectively.
  4. FACTOR is a "private non-profit organization, ... dedicated to providing assistance toward the growth and development of the Canadian independent recording industry".
  5. Factor: On Unix-like computer systems, factor is a utility for factoring an integer into its prime factors.
  6. Factor: In Scotland a factor is a person or firm charged with superintending or managing properties and estates—sometimes where the owner or landlord is unable to or uninterested in attending to such details personally, or in tenements in which several owners of individual flats contribute to the factoring of communal areas.

Phrases with Factor

Phrases starting with the word Factor:

  1. factor i
  2. factor v
  3. factor x
  4. factor ii
  5. factor in
  6. factor iv
  7. factor ix
  8. factor xi
  9. factor iii
  10. factor out
  11. factor vii
  12. factor xii
  13. factor xiii

Phrases ending with the word Factor:

  1. Q Factor
  2. X Factor
  3. rh factor
  4. to factor
  5. Gut factor
  6. Corn-Factor
  7. Form factor

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Factor

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Google previewSoils and the Environment (2012)

A Guide to Soil Surveys and their Applications by Gerald Olson

factor is a measure of the erosive potential of the rainfall within a locality to move the soil under long-term average climatic conditions. The K values are dependent upon the characteristics of the soil profile (Table 40).

Google previewThe Standard of Knowledge for the Aviation, Space & Defense Industry Quality Practitioner: The AS&D Quality Body of Knowledge (BoK) Version 1 (2012)

by Michael Dreikorn

The second factor is an uncertain economy, which has kept many professionals from entering retirement and creating an unknown variable as to when they may exit the industry. The third factor is the global outsourcing of work.

The fourth factor is that process knowledge is not well documented in the AS&D industry.

Google previewGenetic Programming Theory and Practice XI (2014)

by Rick Riolo, Jason H. Moore, Mark Kotanchek

The second factor is the format of the workshop which leads to an effective dialogue between academics and practitioners. The secret is in an almost optimal time balance between presentations, discussions, and networking. The most exciting ...

Google previewHandbook of Research on Computational Intelligence Applications in Bioinformatics (2016)

by Dash, Sujata, Subudhi, Bidyadhar

The c1 factor is a constant called the cognitive (or personal or local) weight. The r1 factor is a random variable in the range [0, ...

Google previewBovine Viral Diarrhea Virus (2008)

Diagnosis, Management,and Control by Sagar M. Goyal, Julia F. Ridpath

The first factor is the infectiousness of the virus strain, given the exposure dosage and route of infection, referred to as the coefficient of infectiousness (IS). The latter is a measure of the probability that infection will be transmitted to a ...

Google previewCenter of the Plate: Comprehensive Course Includes Little Known Industry Secrets (2014)

by Bob Oros

The second factor is the cuts of beef used. Some parts of the carcass are normally darker than others. The use and concentration of hearts and tongues in the ground beef mixture will also affect the color and texture of the raw and cooked ...

Google previewDesert Development (2012)

Man and Technology in Sparselands by Yehuda Gradus

As previously stated, the first factor is the difference in radiation between the urban space and the surrounding open space. The second factor is the daytime storage of heat in the buildings' mass and its release during the evening hours.

Google previewNovel Insights in Agent-based Complex Automated Negotiation (2014)

by Ivan Marsa-Maestre, Miguel A. Lopez-Carmona, Takayuki Ito, Minjie Zhang, Quan Bai, Katsuhide Fujita

The first factor is the amount of negotiation time left. The more the negotiation time has passed, the less utility an agent may obtain due to discounting effect. Therefore we need to carefully balance between the possible utility gain by being ...

Google previewThe Environmental Threat to the Skin (1991)

by Ronald Marks, Gerd Plewig

The first factor is that Australia has a hot, sunny climate with high levels of insolation, being greatest in the summer period, but...

Google previewMechanical Engineering (1912)

DIAGRAM FACTOR The diagram factor is the proportion borne by the mean eifective pressure measured from the actual diagram to that of an ideal diagram which represents the maximum'power obtainable from the steam accounted for by ...

Google previewThe Routledge Handbook of Religion and Security (2012)

by Chris Seiple, Dennis R. Hoover, Pauletta Otis

One such risk factor is a discourse centered on “blood”: “blood belonging,” “blood pollution,” and “blood sacrifice” (Ehrenreich...

A third risk factor is the presence of sacred centers, particularly contested ones (Hassner 2003; Hassner 2009).

Google previewNatural Rubber Materials (2013)

Volume 2: Composites and Nanocomposites by Sabu Thomas, Chin Han Chan, Laly A Pothen, Jithin Joy, Hanna Maria

The first factor is the degree of strain crystallization. At any tear rate, the tearing energy increases in increasing order of the degree of strain crystallization, NR4ENR 254ENR 50. The second factor is the glass transition temperature of the ...

Google previewProspects and Challenges of Free Trade Agreements (2014)

Unlocking Business Opportunities in Gulf Co-Operation Council (GCC) Markets by D. Chadee, B. Roxas, T. Rogmans

The second factor is the availability of financial resources to support business expansion plans. The third factor is the current stock of the firm's knowledge about local markets. The fourth factor relates to the firm's knowledge of the unique social ...

Google previewImmunity, Tumors and Aging: The Role of HSP70 (2013)

by Igor Malyshev

The first factor is the localization of HSP70; whether it is intracellular, on the cell surface, or in circulation. Intracellular HSP70 protects the cell and restricts cytokine production, whereas extracellular HSP70 stimulates cytokine production and ...

Google previewWizardry (2011)

Baseball's All-Time Greatest Fielders Revealed by Michael Humphreys

The first factor is the total number of balls in play that Cardinal pitchers allowed to be hit anywhere in the field (that is, the number of opponent batters facing pitchers not resulting in a strikeout, walk, hit batsman or homerun, or BFP – SO – BB ...

Google previewThe Ecological Basis of Planning (2012)

by A. Glikson

The second factor is a plan to establish a town of 100,000 inhabitants (Lelystad) in the region.

The third factor is the increasing need of recreation land, now felt in the Netherlands to such an extent that it is considered “economic” to reclaim ...

Google previewIssues in the Unification of Financial Sector Supervision (2000)

by Richard K. Abrams, Michael Taylor

Many of these risks are examined in "Pandora's Box," but perhaps the most important single factor is that the change process may...

Google previewFinancial Instruments to Hedge Commodity Price Risk for Developing Countries (2008)

by Yinqiu Lu, Salih N. Neftci

The first factor is that the markets for commodity options are rather limited in size and depth, and are therefore unlikely to be able to...

Google previewDefense Industrial Base Capabilities Study: Force Application, October 2004

The first factor is the importance of the technology in enabling warfighting impact in a breakthrough, transformational, or critically essential manner. The second factor is the importance of the specific capability the technology enables: for ...

Google previewThe Presidential-Congressional Political Dictionary (2007)

by Jeffrey M. Elliot, Sheikh R. Ali

The President and the Electorate Availability Factor The sum total of the qualifications and elec- tability of a potential candidate as evaluated by party members. Availability factor particularly refers to a candidate's ability to attract and influence ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Epidemiology (2014)

by Miquel Porta

FACTOR 1. An event, characteristic, or other definable entity that leads to a change in a health condition or other defined outcome. See also CAUSALITY; CAUSATION OF DISEASE, FACTORS IN. 2. A synonym for (categorical) independent ...

Google previewRoutledge Encyclopedia of Language Teaching and Learning (2013)

by Michael Byram, Adelheid Hu

Motivation is without doubt the factor to which foreign language teaching attributes most influence and also the greatest potential for intervention, from a teaching perspective. Motivation is an affective factor ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Chemical Processing and Design (1978)

Volume 5 - Blowers to Calcination by John J. McKetta Jr

In a roll-type press, more so than in other types of pressure compaction equipment, other variables influencing these requirements are bulk density of the feed material, flowability properties, compressibility factor, roll speed, roll gap. roll ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Meat Sciences (2004)

by Carrick Devine, M. Dikeman

Myostatin, also known as growth and differentiation factor 8 (GDF-8), belongs to the transforming growth factor β (TGF-β) superfamily. The TGF-β superfamily encompasses a large group of secreted growth and differentiation factors that play ...

Google previewLanguage Production, Cognition, and the Lexicon (2014)

by Núria Gala, Reinhard Rapp, Gemma Bel-Enguix

Factor. Joseph Mariani and Gil Francopoulo Abstract We feel it is important to have a clear picture of what exists in terms of Language Resources and Evaluation (LRE) in order to be able to carry on research investigations in computational ...

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Emphasis was usually put on the horizontal acceleration factor, for the simple reason that ordinary structures have a built-in safety factor for the vertical component; that is, gravity. (Charles Francis Richter)
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Scrabble value of F4A1C3T1O1R1

The value of this 6-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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