Definitions for vectorˈvɛk tər
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a quantity possessing both magnitude and direction, as force or velocity.
Ref: Compare scalar (def. 4). 4
the direction or course followed by something, as an airplane.
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
(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.
Origin of vector:
1695–1705; < L: one that conveys, der. of vehere to carry
a variable quantity that can be resolved into components
a straight line segment whose length is magnitude and whose orientation in space is direction
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"
(genetics) a virus or other agent that is used to deliver DNA to a cell
A directed quantity, one with both magnitude and direction; the between two points.
An ordered tuple representing a directed quantity or the between two points.
Any member of a (generalized) vector space.
The vectors in uE00097910uE001 are the single-variable polynomials with rational coefficients: one is uE00097911uE001.
A chosen course or direction for motion, as of an aircraft.
A carrier of a disease-causing agent.
A person or entity that passes along an urban legend or other meme.
A recurring psychosocial issue that stimulates growth and development in the personality.
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.
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.
To set (particularly an aircraft) on a course toward a selected point.
A one-dimensional array.
Origin: From vector, from veho.
same as Radius vector
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