Factor vs Expand - What's the difference?

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Factor is an antonym of expand.


As verbs the difference between factor and expand

is that factor is to find all the factors of (a number or other mathematical object) (the objects that divide it evenly) while expand is to change (something) from a smaller form and/or size to a larger one.

As a noun factor

is (obsolete) a doer, maker; a person who does things for another person or organization.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?

factor

English

(wikipedia factor)

Alternative forms

* factour (archaic)

Noun

(en noun)
  • (obsolete) A doer, maker; a person who does things for another person or organization.
  • An agent or representative.
  • * (Christopher Marlowe)
  • My factor sends me word, a merchant's fled / That owes me for a hundred tun of wine.
  • *, II.21:
  • *:And let such as will number the Kings of Castile and Portugall amongst the warlike and magnanimous conquerors, seeke for some other adherent then my selfe, forsomuch as twelve hundred leagues from their idle residence they have made themselves masters of both Indias, onely by the conduct and direction of their factors , of whom it would be knowne whether they durst but goe and enjoy them in person.
  • * 1644 , (John Milton), (Aeropagitica) :
  • What does he therefore, but resolvs to give over toyling, and to find himself out som factor , to whose care and credit he may commit the whole managing of his religious affairs; som Divine of note and estimation that must be.
  • (legal)
  • # A commission agent.
  • # A person or business organization that provides money for another's new business venture; one who finances another's business.
  • # A business organization that lends money on accounts receivable or buys and collects accounts receivable.
  • One of the elements, circumstances, or influences which contribute to produce a result.
  • * (Herbert Spencer)
  • the material and dynamical factors of nutrition
  • (mathematics) Any of various objects multiplied together to form some whole.
  • * 1956 , , (The City and the Stars) , p.38:
  • The first thousand primesthe complete sequence of all those numbers that possessed no factors except themselves and unity.
  • (root cause analysis) Influence; a phenomenon that affects the nature, the magnitude, and/or the timing of a consequence.
  • * {{quote-magazine, year=2013, month=May-June, author= Charles T. Ambrose
  • , title= Alzheimer’s Disease , volume=101, issue=3, page=200, magazine=(American Scientist) , passage=Similar studies of rats have employed four different intracranial resorbable, slow sustained release systems— […]. Such a slow-release device containing angiogenic factors could be placed on the pia mater covering the cerebral cortex and tested in persons with senile dementia in long term studies.}}
  • (economics) A resource used in the production of goods or services, a factor of production.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-22, volume=407, issue=8841, page=68, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= T time , passage=The ability to shift profits to low-tax countries by locating intellectual property in them
  • (Scotland) A steward or bailiff of an estate.
  • (Sir Walter Scott)

    Derived terms

    * corn-factor * factorial * factor market * factor of production * factorize * factorization * form factor * pull factor * push factor

    See also

    * addition, summation: (augend) + (addend) = (summand) + (summand) = (sum, total) * subtraction: (minuend) ? (subtrahend) = (difference) * multiplication: (multiplier) × (multiplicand) = (factor) × (factor) = (product) * division: (dividend) ÷ (divisor) = (quotient), remainder left over if divisor does not divide dividend

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To find all the factors of (a number or other mathematical object) (the objects that divide it evenly).
  • (of a number or other mathematical object) To be a product of other objects.
  • Derived terms

    * factor in * factor out * refactor

    See also

    * addition, summation: (augend) + (addend) = (summand) × (summand) = (sum, total) * subtraction: (minuend) ? (subtrahend) = (difference) * multiplication: (multiplier) × (multiplicand) = (factor) × (factor) = (product) * division: (dividend) ÷ (divisor) = (quotient), remainder left over if divisor does not divide dividend

    expand

    English

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • (label) To change (something) from a smaller form and/or size to a larger one.
  • (label) To increase the extent, number, volume or scope of (something).
  • * (John Milton) (1608-1674)
  • Then with expanded wings he steers his flight.
  • (label) To express (something) at length and/or in detail.
  • To rewrite (an expression) as a longer, yet equivalent sum of terms.
  • To multiply both the numerator and the denominator of a fraction by the same natural number yielding a fraction of equal value
  • (label) To (be) change(d) from a smaller form/size to a larger one.
  • (label) To (be) increase(d) in extent, number, volume or scope.
  • (label) To speak or write at length or in detail.
  • *{{quote-book, year=1899, author=(Stephen Crane)
  • , title=, chapter=1 , passage=There was some laughter, and Roddle was left free to expand his ideas on the periodic visits of cowboys to the town. “Mason Rickets, he had ten big punkins a-sittin' in front of his store, an' them fellers from the Upside-down-F ranch shot 'em up […].”}}
  • (label) To feel generous or optimistic.
  • Synonyms

    * open out, spread, spread out, unfold * enlarge * (to express at length or in detail) elaborate (on), expand on

    Antonyms

    * contract * contract * factor

    Derived terms

    * expandable * expander