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Prime factor   /praɪm fˈæktər/   Listen
Prime factor

The prime factors of a quantity are all of the prime quantities that will exactly divide the given quantity.

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"Prime factor" Quotes from Famous Books

... to live up to his income; and as his income increased he increased not the percentage of expenditure but the percentage of saving. Thrift was, of course, inborn with him as a Dutchman, but the necessity for it as a prime factor in life was burned into him by his experience with poverty. But he interpreted thrift not as a trait of niggardliness, but as Theodore Roosevelt interpreted it: ...
— A Dutch Boy Fifty Years After • Edward Bok

... company with all reason. It is not indifference to the issues at stake which explains this placid demeanour. When the proper time arrives, the Bulgarians will be found tough bargainers and determined to claim their full due. They know, however, that the position of their country as prime factor in the Balkans cannot be seriously affected by the results of the allotment. Even before the war, the supremacy of Bulgaria was hardly questioned, and the formation of the Balkan League would have been impossible but for this acquiescence in her right to leadership. With the disappearance of Turkey, ...
— Bulgaria • Frank Fox

... in this case—the prime factor of the problem? The Jake in this case, of course, is no other than our only son, George. No trouble of any sort was experienced by him in the various stages of his journey. Upon his arrival, there were a number of new people to meet and various elements of interest in the new surroundings ...
— Heart and Soul • Victor Mapes (AKA Maveric Post)

... Impurity.—A prime factor in the breaking up of the home is sexual impurity. The sex passion, an elemental instinct of humanity, is sanctified by the marriage relation, but unbridled in those who seek above all else their own pleasure, becomes a curse in body and soul. It is not limited ...
— Society - Its Origin and Development • Henry Kalloch Rowe

Words linked to "Prime factor" :   divisor, factor

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