|Origin:||facteur, from Latin factor 'doer, maker', from facere 'to do, make'|
one of several things that influence or cause a situation:
The rise in crime is mainly due to social and economic factors.
The vaccination program has been a major factor in the improvement of health standards.
The weather could be a crucial factor in tomorrow's game.
deciding/decisive/determining factor (=the most important factor)
We liked both houses, but price was the deciding factor.
a particular level on a scale that measures how strong or effective something is:
level on a scaleTM
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.
if something increases or decreases by a factor of five, ten etc, it increases or decreases by five times, ten times etc
a number that divides into another number exactly:
3 is a factor of 15.