factor


factor
fac|tor1 W1S3 [ˈfæktə US -ər] n
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1¦(cause/influence)¦
2¦(level on a scale)¦
3 by a factor of five/ten etc
4¦(mathematics)¦
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[Date: 1400-1500; : French; Origin: facteur, from Latin factor 'doer, maker', from facere 'to do, make']
1.) ¦(CAUSE/INFLUENCE)¦
one of several things that influence or cause a situation
The rise in crime is mainly due to social and economic factors.
factor in
The vaccination program has been a major factor in the improvement of health standards.
important/major/key/crucial factor
The weather could be a crucial factor in tomorrow's game.
deciding/decisive/determining factor
(=the most important factor)
We liked both houses, but price was the deciding factor.
2.) ¦(LEVEL ON A SCALE)¦
a particular level on a scale that measures how strong or effective something is
factor 15 suntan oil
Even in July the windchill factor (=the degree to which the air feels colder because of the wind) can be intense.
3.) by a factor of five/ten etc
if something increases or decreases by a factor of five, ten etc, it increases or decreases by five times, ten times etc
4.) ¦(MATHEMATICS)¦
technical a number that divides into another number exactly
3 is a factor of 15.
factor 2
factor2 v [T] AmE technical
to divide a number into factors
factor in [factor sth<=>in] phr v
to include a particular thing in your calculations about how long something will take, how much it will cost etc
factor out [factor sth<=>out] phr v
to not include something in your calculations about how long something will take, how much it will cost etc

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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