Definition of factorize in English:

factorize

(also factorise)

verb

Mathematics
  • (with reference to a number) resolve or be resolvable into factors.

    with object ‘all matrices can be factorized’
    no object ‘f factorizes completely into linear factors’
    • ‘In August 1999 a large team of mathematicians took over 35 computing years to factorise a 155 digit number.’
    • ‘In this paper we use the basic Sanderson and Marchini model for transtension where the bulk strain can easily be factorized into pure shear and simple shear components.’
    • ‘A quantum computer has successfully factorized a number for the first time.’
    • ‘According to Poorter and Nagel, it can be factorized into two components.’
    • ‘The number of steps that are necessary to factorize a large number using all known algorithms increases exponentially with the size of the number.’
    • ‘This gave a method of factorising a number using cards with holes punched in them.’
    • ‘Colburn is also interesting in that he was able to give an idea of how he carried out the calculations, the main method being by factorising the numbers concerned.’

Pronunciation

factorize

/ˈfaktərʌɪz/