by a factor of something

if something increases by a factor of 5, 10, 20 etc, it becomes 5, 10, 20 etc times larger

The volume of traffic has grown by a factor of four.


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  • by a factor of something — phrase if something increases by a factor of 5, 10, 20 etc, it becomes 5, 10, 20 etc times larger The volume of traffic has grown by a factor of four. Thesaurus: words used to describe increases and decreaseshyponym to increase, or to increase… …   Useful english dictionary

  • factor — fac|tor1 [ fæktər ] noun count *** 1. ) one of the things that influence whether an event happens or the way that it happens: We have tried to identify the factors that influence the age at which children leave school. factor in: Public pressure… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • factor — I UK [ˈfæktə(r)] / US [ˈfæktər] noun [countable] Word forms factor : singular factor plural factors *** 1) one of the things that influence whether an event happens or the way that it happens an important/major/key factor: Safety is the single… …   English dictionary

  • factor — fac·tor n [Medieval Latin, doer, maker, agent, from Latin, maker, from facere to do, make] 1: one who acts or transacts business for another: as a: a commercial agent who buys or sells goods for others on commission b: one that lends money to… …   Law dictionary

  • factor something in — (or out) include (or exclude) something as a relevant element when making a calculation or decision when the psychological costs are factored in, a different picture will emerge * * * ˌfactor sthˈin | factor sthinto sth derived (technical) to… …   Useful english dictionary

  • factor of production — ˌfactor of proˈduction noun factors of production PLURALFORM [countable] ECONOMICS something that is needed to produce a particular product. The main factors of production are land, labour, and capital: • Inner urban areas provide ideal factors… …   Financial and business terms

  • factor something into something — ˌfactor sthˈin | factor sthinto sth derived (technical) to include a particular fact or situation when you are thinking about or planning sth • Remember to factor in staffing costs when you are planning the project. Main entry: ↑factorderived …   Useful english dictionary

  • factor cost — ➔ cost1 * * * factor cost UK US noun [C] ► PRODUCTION, ACCOUNTING the cost of producing something based on the cost of what is needed to produce it, for example, labour or materials: »It is not helpful to compare factor costs in one country with… …   Financial and business terms

  • factor price — ➔ price1 * * * factor price UK US noun [C] ► ECONOMICS, PRODUCTION the price of something that you need to make a product, for example buildings, materials, or labour: »The introduction of new technologies had a huge effect on factor prices …   Financial and business terms

  • factor into — ˈfactor ˌinto [transitive] [present tense I/you/we/they factor into he/she/it factors into present participle factoring into past tense …   Useful english dictionary

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