# Factor vs. Characteristics — What's the Difference?

## Definitions

#### Factor➦

A circumstance, fact, or influence that contributes to a result
His skill was a factor in ensuring that so much was achieved
She worked fast, conscious of the time factor

#### Characteristics➦

Being a feature that helps to distinguish a person or thing; distinctive
Heard my friend's characteristic laugh.
The stripes that are characteristic of the zebra.

#### Factor➦

A number or quantity that when multiplied with another produces a given number or expression
An amount that exceeds it by a factor of 1000 or more

#### Characteristics➦

A feature that helps to identify, tell apart, or describe recognizably; a distinguishing mark or trait.

#### Factor➦

A level on a scale of measurement.

#### Characteristics➦

(Mathematics) The integral part of a logarithm as distinguished from the mantissa
The characteristic of the logarithm 6.3214 is 6.

#### Factor➦

Any of a number of substances in the blood, mostly identified by numerals, which are involved in coagulation.

#### Characteristics➦

(Mathematics) The least number of times the multiplicative identity in a ring needs to be added to itself to reach the additive identity, or, if the additive identity is never reached, zero. The integers have a characteristic of zero; the integers modulo 12 have a characteristic of 12.

#### Factor➦

An agent who buys and sells goods on commission
His father was chief factor for the Hudson's Bay Company

#### Characteristics➦

Plural of characteristic

#### Factor➦

Another term for factorize
Last year researchers factored a number 155 digits long

#### Factor➦

(of a company) sell (its invoices) to a factor
They collected rents while he factored these forfeited estates

#### Factor➦

One that actively contributes to an accomplishment, result, or process
"Surprise is the greatest factor in war" (Tom Clancy).

#### Factor➦

One who acts for someone else; an agent.

#### Factor➦

One who purchases accounts receivable at a discount.

#### Factor➦

(Mathematics) One of two or more quantities that divides a given quantity without a remainder. For example, 2 and 3 are factors of 6; a and b are factors of ab.

#### Factor➦

A quantity by which a stated quantity is multiplied or divided, so as to indicate an increase or decrease in a measurement
The rate increased by a factor of ten.

#### Factor➦

A gene. No longer in technical usage.

#### Factor➦

(Physiology) A substance that functions in a specific biochemical reaction or bodily process, such as blood coagulation.

#### Factor➦

To determine or indicate explicitly the factors of
If you factor 70, you get 2, 5, and 7.

#### Factor➦

To engage in purchasing accounts receivable at a discount.

#### Factor➦

(obsolete) A doer, maker; a person who does things for another person or organization.
The factor of the trading post bought the furs.

#### Factor➦

An agent or representative.

(legal)

#### Factor➦

A commission agent.

#### Factor➦

A person or business organization that provides money for another's new business venture; one who finances another's business.

#### Factor➦

A business organization that lends money on accounts receivable or buys and collects accounts receivable.

#### Factor➦

One of the elements, circumstances, or influences which contribute to produce a result.
The greatest factor in the decision was the need for public transportation.
The economy was a factor in this year's budget figures.

#### Factor➦

(mathematics) Any of various objects multiplied together to form some whole.
3 is a factor of 12, as are 2, 4 and 6.
The factors of the Klein four-group are both cyclic of order 2.

#### Factor➦

(causal analysis) Influence; a phenomenon that affects the nature, the magnitude, and/or the timing of a consequence.
The launch temperature was a factor of the Challenger disaster.

#### Factor➦

(economics) A resource used in the production of goods or services, a factor of production.

#### Factor➦

(Scotland) A steward or bailiff of an estate.

#### Factor➦

(transitive) To find all the factors of (a number or other mathematical object) (the objects that divide it evenly).

#### Factor➦

To be a product of other objects.

#### Factor➦

To sell a debt or debts to an agent (the factor) to collect.

#### Factor➦

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 fledThat owes me for a hundred tun of wine.

#### Factor➦

A steward or bailiff of an estate.

#### Factor➦

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

#### Factor➦

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.

#### Factor➦

To resolve (a quantity) into its factors.

#### Factor➦

Anything that contributes causally to a result;
A number of factors determined the outcome

#### Factor➦

An abstract part of something;
Jealousy was a component of his character
Two constituents of a musical composition are melody and harmony
The grammatical elements of a sentence
A key factor in her success
Humor: an effective ingredient of a speech

#### Factor➦

Any of the numbers (or symbols) that form a product when multiplied together

#### Factor➦

One of two or more integers that can be exactly divided into another integer;
What are the 4 factors of 6?

#### Factor➦

A businessman who buys or sells for another in exchange for a commission

#### Factor➦

An independent variable in statistics

#### Factor➦

(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;
Genes were formerly called factors

#### Factor➦

Resolve into factors;
A quantum computer can factor the number 15