cistron, factor, gene
n. (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"
n. an independent variable in statistics
n. anything that contributes causally to a result; "a number of factors determined the outcome"
broker, factor, agent
n. a businessman who buys or sells for another in exchange for a commission
n. any of the numbers (or symbols) that form a product when multiplied together
factor, divisor
n. one of two or more integers that can be exactly divided into another integer; "what are the 4 factors of 6?"
n. a company that specializes in factoring
factor out, factor in, factor
v. consider as relevant when making a decision; "You must factor in the recent developments"
v. deal in factoring
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element, constituent, component
n. an artifact that is one of the individual parts of which a composite entity is made up; especially a part that can be separated from or attached to a system; "spare components for cars"; "a component or constituent element of a system"
causal factor, determining factor, determinative, determiner, determinant
n. a determining or causal element or factor; "education is an important determinant of one's outlook on life"
n. a cognitive factor that tends to have an effect on what you do; "her wishes had a great influence on his thinking"
n. the state of being certain; "his certainty reassured the others"
n. a piece of information about circumstances that exist or events that have occurred; "first you must collect all the facts of the case"
n. an enduring or necessary ethical or religious or aesthetic truth
specific, particular
n. a fact about some part (as opposed to general); "he always reasons from the particular to the general"
n. a fact that logically justifies some premise or conclusion; "there is reason to believe he is lying"
n. formal ceremony about important occasions; "pomp and circumstance"
facet, aspect
n. a distinct feature or element in a problem; "he studied every facet of the question"
n. an aspect of something (as contrasted with some other implied aspect); "he was on the heavy side"; "he is on the purchasing side of the business"; "it brought out his better side"
rule, principle
n. a rule or law concerning a natural phenomenon or the function of a complex system; "the principle of the conservation of mass"; "the principle of jet propulsion"; "the right-hand rule for inductive fields"
n. a brief version of the essential meaning of something; "get to the point"; "he missed the point of the joke"; "life has lost its point"
intermediator, go-between, intercessor, intermediary, mediator
n. a negotiator who acts as a link between parties
n. a representative who acts on behalf of other persons or organizations
umpire, arbitrator, arbiter
n. someone chosen to judge and decide a disputed issue; "the critic was considered to be an arbiter of modern literature"; "the arbitrator's authority derived from the consent of the disputants"; "an umpire was appointed to settle the tax case"
n. something that causes an important event to happen; "the invasion acted as a catalyst to unite the country"
middleman, contact
n. a person who is in a position to give you special assistance; "he used his business contacts to get an introduction to the governor"
wholesaler, middleman, jobber
n. someone who buys large quantities of goods and resells to merchants rather than to the ultimate customers
negotiant, negotiator, treater
n. someone who negotiates (confers with others in order to reach a settlement)
n. a level of existence or development; "he lived on a worldly plane"
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