Factor

Definition of Factor

Fac´tor   Pronunciation: ~tĕrd
n.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.
My factor sends me word, a merchant's fled
That owes me for a hundred tun of wine.
- Marlowe.
2.A steward or bailiff of an estate.
3.(Math.) One of the elements or quantities which, when multiplied together, form a product.
4.One of the elements, circumstances, or influences which contribute to produce a result; a constituent; a contributory cause.
The materal and dynamical factors of nutrition.
- H. Spencer.
v. t.1.(Mach.) To resolve (a quantity) into its factors.
[imp. & p. p. Factored (-tĕrd); p. pr. & vb. n. Factoring.]

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