More definitions of "factor":
- (noun): One of two or more integers that can be exactly divided into another integer.
- (verb): Resolve into factors.
Example: "A quantum computer can factor the number 15"
Synonyms: factor in, factor out
- (noun): (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.
Synonyms: gene, cistron
- (noun): Any of the numbers (or symbols) that form a product when multiplied together.
- (noun): Anything that contributes causally to a result.
Example: "A number of factors determined the outcome"
- (noun): An independent variable in statistics.
Famous quotes containing the word factor:
“It is change, continuing change, inevitable change, that is the dominant factor in society today. No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be.... This, in turn, means that our statesmen, our businessmen, our everyman must take on a science fictional way of thinking.”
—Isaac Asimov (19201992)
“You factor in racism as a reality and you keep moving.”
—Jewell Jackson McCabe (b. 1945)
“In his very rejection of art Walt Whitman is an artist. He tried to produce a certain effect by certain means and he succeeded.... He stands apart, and the chief value of his work is in its prophecy, not in its performance. He has begun a prelude to larger themes. He is the herald to a new era. As a man he is the precursor of a fresh type. He is a factor in the heroic and spiritual evolution of the human being. If Poetry has passed him by, Philosophy will take note of him.”
—Oscar Wilde (18541900)