Definition of form factor in US English:

form factor


  • 1A mathematical factor that compensates for irregularity in the shape of an object, usually the ratio between its volume and that of a regular object of the same breadth and height.

    • ‘Note that there has been significant recent discussion regarding the apparent discrepancy among the results from the different methods used to extract the proton form factor ratio.’
    • ‘A solution to that was to use analytic form factors between a point and a polygon.’
    • ‘The angular dependence provides information on the phage dimensions through the analysis of the form factor P (q).’
    • ‘If the particle form factors are known, an experimental average structure factor can be extracted by dividing the intensity by the average form factor.’
    • ‘In salt-containing and dilute solutions, the form factor can be directly deduced from measurements and the conformation adopted by the molecule clearly identified.’
    • ‘These questions illustrate the fact that form factor selection is not always simple.’
    • ‘The broad peak could be well fitted by a single bilayer form factor, with changeable bilayer thickness and electron density contrast.’
    • ‘This indicates that the two peaks cannot arise from a simple single form factor.’
    • ‘The novel cylindrical form factor contributes the maximum strength per unit of material while allowing the device to be placed deep in the body through a 4-mm incision.’
    • ‘The theoretic Bessel function is characterized by an infinite number of oscillations and corresponds to the model form factor of infinitely long and thin hollow columns.’
    • ‘Also, the form factor of anisotropic flat bilayers does not have a minimum at low q.’
    • ‘If the ULV bilayer is structurally the same, then the different sets of form factors should lie on the same continuous transform.’
    • ‘The square root of the corrected peak intensity was finally used to determine the form factor F of each respective reflection.’
    1. 1.1 The physical size and shape of a piece of computer hardware.
      • ‘This little sucker has a beautiful form factor and just elegantly and simplistically does what it's supposed to do - plays.’
      • ‘This drive (not coincidentally) is the same size form factor that fits DDS.’
      • ‘These compact PCs offer nearly all the strength of a desktop system but come in a notebook form factor - albeit one that appears to have bulked up on performance-enhancing drugs.’
      • ‘The satisfying feel of the keys beneath my fingers make up for its larger-than-necessary form factor.’
      • ‘The product has sleek, clean lines, a diminutive form factor, and less than half of the useful features that everyone was expecting.’
      • ‘I doubt that that many people will use 60GB of storage, but there are lots of other features you could add while you keep the same form factor.’
      • ‘Hands-on testing left him impressed with the form factor.’
      • ‘If you're looking for a high resolution, megapixel camera, Olympus offers one of the best solutions we've seen so far - in a small form factor.’
      • ‘Given its small form factor, expandability is not this machine's forte.’
      • ‘Moving away from the iPod form factor is a good move, not just because it monopolises space (the size as well as the shiny metal back is responsible for that), but because it's out of step with device size + shape.’
      • ‘Also, the small form factor allows them to be integrated into a laptop computer or other consumer electronic devices.’
      • ‘We are just at the beginning of a period where the form factor is the ultimate differentiator.’
      • ‘I liked the Motorola V70 because of the spinner form factor.’
      • ‘Given its unique form factor and somewhat fragile feel, the 2.5-by 4.5-inch unit isn't for everyone.’
      • ‘What makes it more like a Treo (or the upcoming Blackberry 8300c) is its form factor including the compact QWERTY keyboard.’
      • ‘My work colleagues who have grown used to the familiar shape of their Nokia 6310 phones will have to be happy with a slightly different form factor in a newer Nokia monoblock phone.’
      • ‘A couple years ago, pen computers re-emerged as tablets with a larger form factor, supposedly expanded functionality and definitely expanded pricing.’
      • ‘But until recently, this influence has been limited by the form factor of computers.’
      • ‘A standard form factor for graphics hardware would give a company like Dell or HP added flexibility in product offerings, at the cost of some inventory management overhead.’
      • ‘The form factor of the Barryvox is equally beautiful.’