factor-n; 5 Senses

Sense Number 1: a cause

Commentary: FACTOR[+event] Anything that causes a result to happen, or could potentially cause a result to happen. This is the most common usage.

A number of factors determined the outcome of the game.
There's one factor you forgot to take into account, Dr. Watson!
Our company is going to implement several new Success Factors to meet our revenue goals.
Direct marketers have to understand the gender factor when designing their campaigns.
The pH factor of a liquid is an indicator of how acidic or basic it is.

WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 2: component part

Commentary: A part of something.

Fear, surprise, and ruthless efficiency are three factors of a good military campaign.
Humor is an effective factor of any speech.
I broke the sentence down into its grammatical factors.
A key factor of her success was her willingness to endure rejection.
The market researchers used factor analysis to determine that young people were more likely to purchase CDs.

WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 2 6

Sense Number 3: numbers that form a product

Commentary: Two or more numbers that can be divided into another number.

The number 6 has 4 integer factors: 1, 2, 3, and 6.
The problem becomes much easier when you break it into its algebraic factors.

WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 3 4

Sense Number 4: business agent or broker

Commentary: A businessperson who buys and sells on behalf of another person. Usually called a 'broker' or 'agent'.

Mr. Percy will be my factor in these negotiations.

WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 5

Sense Number 5: gene

Commentary: An old-fashioned way of referring to a piece of genetic information.

Genes were originally called factors.

WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 7