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English noun: factor

1. factor (event) anything that contributes causally to a result


SamplesA number of factors determined the outcome.


Broader (hypernym)cause


Narrower (hyponym)fundamental, intrinsic factor, parameter, releasing factor, releasing hormone, RF, unknown quantity, wild card

2. factor (cognition) an abstract part of something


SamplesJealousy 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.
Humor: an effective ingredient of a speech.


Synonymscomponent, constituent, element, ingredient


Broader (hypernym)division, part, section


Narrower (hyponym)be all and end all, be-all and end-all, plot element, point

3. factor (quantity) one of two or more integers that can be exactly divided into another integer


SamplesWhat are the 4 factors of 6?.


Synonymsdivisor


Broader (hypernym)integer, whole number


Narrower (hyponym)common divisor, common factor, common measure, equivalent-binary-digit factor, prime factor

4. factor (person) a businessman who buys or sells for another in exchange for a commission


Synonymsagent, broker


Broader (hypernym)bourgeois, businessperson


Narrower (hyponym)auctioneer, estate agent, general agent, house agent, insurance agent, insurance broker, investment banker, land agent, real estate agent, real estate broker, ship broker, stockbroker, syndic, travel agent, underwriter, underwriter


Member meronymbrokerage, brokerage firm, securities firm

5. factor (quantity) any of the numbers (or symbols) that form a product when multiplied together


Broader (hypernym)number


Narrower (hyponym)constant of proportionality, conversion factor, deflator, factor of proportionality

6. factor (cognition) an independent variable in statistics


Broader (hypernym)experimental variable, independent variable

7. factor (body) (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


SamplesGenes were formerly called factors.


Synonymscistron, gene


Broader (hypernym)sequence


Narrower (hyponym)allele, allelomorph, dominant gene, genetic marker, holandric gene, homeotic gene, lethal gene, linkage group, linked genes, modifier, modifier gene, mutant gene, nonallele, oncogene, operator gene, polygene, proto-oncogene, recessive gene, regulator gene, regulatory gene, repressor gene, structural gene, suppresser, suppresser gene, suppressor, suppressor gene, transforming gene, transgene, X-linked gene, Y-linked gene


Part meronymchromosome, deoxyribonucleic acid, desoxyribonucleic acid, DNA


Domain categorygenetic science, genetics, molecular biology


English verb: factor

1. factor (cognition) resolve into factors


SamplesA quantum computer can factor the number 15.


Synonymsfactor in, factor out


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)calculate, cipher, compute, cypher, figure, reckon, work out


Domain categoryarithmetic

2. factor (possession) be a contributing factor


SamplesMake things factor into a company's profitability.


Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP


Broader (hypernym)add, bestow, bring, contribute, impart, lend

3. factor (cognition) consider as relevant when making a decision


SamplesYou must factor in the recent developments.


Synonymsfactor in, factor out


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)consider, study









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