factor


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Financial, Acronyms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to factor: Factor Models
Like this video? Subscribe to our free daily email and get a new idiom video every day!

gut factor

The subjective, emotional element or dimension that influences a decision. All three candidates appear ideal for the position, so we'll have to rely on the gut factor when we make our choice.
See also: factor, gut

x factor

A unique and noteworthy quality that makes someone or something exceptional. There are a lot of really talented singers in this contest, but I think Molly's x factor is her stage presence. A lot of similar products are on the market right now—ours has to have an X factor!
See also: factor

factor in

To incorporate or involve something in something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "factor" and "in." Before you accept this job offer, you need to factor in how long the commute is.
See also: factor

factor out

1. To exclude something or keep it from being incorporated into something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "factor" and "out." Before you accept this job offer, you need to factor out everyone else's opinions and think about what you really want.
2. In mathematics, to change an equation so that something (such as a variable) used multiple times is instead used once. A noun or pronoun can be used between "factor" and "out." OK, what do we need to factor out in order solve this equation?
See also: factor, out

fudge factor

Room for error or mistakes. I'm not very good at math, so I always leave a fudge factor when I'm tallying up my expenditures for the month.
See also: factor, fudge

sleaze factor

An aspect, element, or part of a group, organization, campaign, activity, etc., that engages in, is tainted by, or is known for immoral, corrupt, or scandalous behavior. We're aiming to create a dating website for professional adults, without the sleaze factor for which some of our competitors are known. The deregulation of this industry has caused the sleaze factor to skyrocket, as people motivated purely by greed now have myriad ways to manipulate the system.
See also: factor, sleaze

fudge factor

Fig. a margin of error. I never use a fudge factor. I measure correctly, and I cut the material exactly the way I measured it. I built in a fudge factor of three percent.
See also: factor, fudge

factor in

Figure in, include as a basic element. For example, In preparing the schedule we factored in vacation and sick days. This term comes from mathematics. [Mid-1900s]
See also: factor

sleaze factor

The element in a political party, administration, or other organization that is corrupt, controversial, or tainted by scandal. For example, I can't see myself making a campaign contribution to them-there's too much of a sleaze factor . This slangy expression derives from the adjective sleazy, which means "vulgar" or "tawdry." The idiom was first used in politics in the 1980s.
See also: factor, sleaze

fudge factor

a figure which is included in a calculation in order to account for some unquantified but significant phenomenon or to ensure a desired result.
Fudge, apparently originating in the mid 18th century as an exclamation of disgust or irritation, later acquired a specific verbal sense in printers' jargon, meaning to ‘do work imperfectly or as best you can with the materials available’.
See also: factor, fudge

factor in

v.
1. To take something into account; take something into consideration; figure something in: We factored sick days and vacations in when we prepared the work schedule. The boss factored in overtime when giving out bonuses.
2. To be taken into account or consideration; to be figured in: These observations are interesting, but they don't really factor in.
See also: factor

factor out

v.
1. To reanalyze a situation or problem in order to remove something from consideration: If we factor out personal details, it seems that everyone has the same story. If we factor the bad data out, the results are predictable.
2. Mathematics To rewrite an expression so that something, especially a constant or variable, appearing more than once in the expression appears only once: By factoring the shared terms out of the expression, we can easily solve the equation. The teacher factored out 3x from both sides of the equation 6x^3 + 9x^2 + 12x = 24x.
See also: factor, out

fudge factor

n. a margin of error. I never use a fudge factor. I measure correctly, and I cut the material exactly the way I measured it.
See also: factor, fudge
References in periodicals archive ?
So, the firm built Factor Allocator as a way to help investment professionals educate themselves about how to implement factors in their core portfolios.
Lot 11 - Factor VIII clotting plasma of 250 IU / fl.
Further identification of noctcaelador: An underlying factor influencing night-sky watching behaviors.
3 (Rentable Area less Usable Area) divided by Rentable Area equals the Loss Factor.
Factor 4 was the Intimacy and Interpersonal Play factor.
Under SB 634, Laws 2005, the weighting of the sales factor is increased from 90% to 92.
Birthplace as a risk factor in motor neurone disease and Parkinson's disease.
In choosing which form factor is right for a given customer, an OEM must consider the available space, how quickly the I/O technology is being adopted, and how quickly that technology is changing.
The questions were based on earlier research that identified organizational factors that were experienced by burned out workers (Arches, 1994; 1991).
2] laser is known to induce secondary tissue reactions, and its use leads to slower wound healing because of several well-known factors, including carbonization, thermal necrosis, inflammatory cell infiltration, lack of platelet aggregation, and loss of biologically active factors.
Hidden in the NCES report, however, are some dues about the risk factors that can influence student retention:
Phlegm is the primary pathological factor related to the development of Autism in CM.
Application: The knowledge and use of shear factor [lambda] should permit better control of the energy input to a pulper to minimize the power consumption.
A quick yardstick for objectively measuring machine capability is Hunkar's Class Factor system, a nine-level scale in which Class 1 indicates the tightest and Class 9 the loosest degree of control.