Date: | 1400-1500 |

Language: | French |

Origin: | facteur, from Latin factor 'doer, maker', from facere 'to do, make' |

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facâ€§tor1 S3 W1 [countable]

1## cause/influence

one of several things that influence or cause a situation : ** deciding/decisive/determining factor** (=the most important factor)

The rise in crime is mainly due to social and economic factors.

We liked both houses, but price was the deciding factor.

2## level on a scale

TM a particular level on a scale that measures how strong or effective something is :

factor 15 suntan oil

Even in July the windchill factor (=the degree to which the air feels colder because of the wind) can be intense.

3## by a factor of five/ten etc

HMN if something increases or decreases by a factor of five, ten etc, it increases or decreases by five times, ten times etc

4## mathematics

technicalHMN a number that divides into another number exactly :

3 is a factor of 15.

Definition of factor from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English within

the topic NUMBERS

the topic NUMBERS

add
addition
bi-
billion
calculate
constant
D
demi-
division
eight
eleven
equal(a)
equal(v)
even
factor(n)
factor(v)
fifth
fig.
figure
five
four
fourth
gross
hundred
L
M
million
multiple
-nd
negative
nine
No.
nos.
number
O
one
pi
plot
point
positive
product
-rd
root
round
score
second
set
six
square(n)
square(v)
-st
sum
take
ten
thousand
three
tri-
twenty
twice
unit
V
X
zero

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