In number theory:

if n is an integer, and a,b are integers with a * b = n, then a and b are factors of n.
face time = F = fairings

factor n.

See coefficient of X.

--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.

Fac"tor (?), n. [L. factor a doer: cf. F. facteur a factor. See Fact.]

1. Law

One who transacts business for another; an agent; a substitute; especially, a mercantile agent who buys and sells goods and transacts business for others in commission; a commission merchant or consignee. He may be a home factor or a foreign factor. He may buy and sell in his own name, and he is intrusted with the possession and control of the goods; and in these respects he differs from a broker.

Story. Wharton.

My factor sends me word, a merchant's fled That owes me for a hundred tun of wine. Marlowe.


A steward or bailiff of an estate.


Sir W. Scott.

3. Math.

One of the elements or quantities which, when multiplied together, from a product.


One of the elements, circumstances, or influences which contribute to produce a result; a constituent.

The materal and dynamical factors of nutrition. H. Spencer.


© Webster 1913.

Fac"tor, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Factored (-t?rd); p. pr. & vb. n. Factoring.] Mach.

To resolve (a quantity) into its factors.


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