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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?.


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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