1. Noun.  (obsolete) A trading establishment, especially set up by merchants working in a foreign country.
  2. Noun.  (context, now) The position or state of being a factor.
  3. Noun.  A building or other place where manufacturing takes place.
  4. Noun.  A device which produces or manufactures something.
  5. Noun.  (programming) In a computer program or library, a function or method which creates an object.

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