Definitions for VECTORˈvɛk tər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

vec•torˈvɛk tər(n.)

  1. a quantity possessing both magnitude and direction, as force or velocity.

    Category: Math

    Ref: Compare scalar (def. 4). 4

  2. the direction or course followed by something, as an airplane.

  3. something or someone, as a person or an insect, that carries and transmits a disease-causing organism. any agent, as a mutated virus, that acts as a carrier or transporter.

    Category: Ecology, Immunology

  4. (v.t.)to guide (an aircraft) in flight by issuing appropriate headings. to change direction of (the thrust of a jet or rocket engine) in order to steer the craft.

    Category: Aeronautics

Origin of vector:

1695–1705; < L: one that conveys, der. of vehere to carry


Princeton's WordNet

  1. vector(noun)

    a variable quantity that can be resolved into components

  2. vector(noun)

    a straight line segment whose length is magnitude and whose orientation in space is direction

  3. vector, transmitter(noun)

    any agent (person or animal or microorganism) that carries and transmits a disease

    "mosquitos are vectors of malaria and yellow fever"; "fleas are vectors of the plague"; "aphids are transmitters of plant diseases"; "when medical scientists talk about vectors they are usually talking about insects"

  4. vector(noun)

    (genetics) a virus or other agent that is used to deliver DNA to a cell


  1. vector(Noun)

    A directed quantity, one with both magnitude and direction; the between two points.

  2. vector(Noun)

    An ordered tuple representing a directed quantity or the between two points.

  3. vector(Noun)

    Any member of a (generalized) vector space.

    The vectors in uE00097910uE001 are the single-variable polynomials with rational coefficients: one is uE00097911uE001.

  4. vector(Noun)

    A chosen course or direction for motion, as of an aircraft.

  5. vector(Noun)

    A carrier of a disease-causing agent.

  6. vector(Noun)

    A person or entity that passes along an urban legend or other meme.

  7. vector(Noun)

    A recurring psychosocial issue that stimulates growth and development in the personality.

  8. vector(Noun)

    The way in which the eyes are drawn across the visual text. The trail that a book cover can encourage the eyes to follow from certain objects to others.

  9. vector(Noun)

    A memory address containing the address of a code entry point, usually one which is part of a table and often one that is dereferenced and jumped to during the execution of an interrupt.

  10. vector(Verb)

    To set (particularly an aircraft) on a course toward a selected point.

  11. vector(Noun)

    A one-dimensional array.

  12. Origin: From vector, from veho.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Vector(noun)

    same as Radius vector

  2. Vector(noun)

    a directed quantity, as a straight line, a force, or a velocity. Vectors are said to be equal when their directions are the same their magnitudes equal. Cf. Scalar

Anagrams of VECTOR

  1. covert

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