factor (Noun) — Anything that contributes causally to a result. ex. "a number of factors determined the outcome"
factor (Noun) — An abstract part of something. ex. "a key factor in her success"
factor (Noun) — One of two or more integers that can be exactly divided into another integer. ex. "what are the 4 factors of 6?"
factor (Noun) — A businessman who buys or sells for another in exchange for a commission.
factor (Noun) — Any of the numbers (or symbols) that form a product when multiplied together.
factor (Noun) — An independent variable in statistics.
factor (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. ex. "genes were formerly called factors" ex. "cistrons were formerly called factors"
factor (Verb) — (arithmetic) resolve into factors. ex. "a quantum computer can factor the number 15"
factor (Verb) — Be a contributing factor. ex. "make things factor into a company's profitability"
factor (Verb) — Consider as relevant when making a decision. ex. "You must factor in the recent developments"