What does vector mean?

Definitions for vectorˈvɛk tər

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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

  3. Origin: [L., a bearer, carrier. fr. vehere, vectum, to carry.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Vector

    vek′tor, n. (math.) any directed quantity, as a straight line in space, involving both its direction and magnitude.—n. Vectitā′tion, a carrying.—adj. Vectō′rial. [L.,—vehĕre, vectum, to convey.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of vector in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of vector in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. "Scratch" Garrison:

    A plan is just a tangent vector on the manifold of reality.

  2. Dirk Engels:

    For the moment, we're only tackling two: through blood transfusion and vector transmission, there are still gaps.

  3. Sherry Towers:

    What we believe may be happening is national news media attention is like a 'vector' that reaches people who are vulnerable.

  4. Steve Mulligan:

    That is very much of a concern because it is the primary vector for diseases such as dengue, chikungunya and obviously Zika.

  5. Anthony Fauci:

    We will see little mini-outbreaks like in Florida or in Texas that can be well-controlled with mosquito vector control. Hopefully, we will not see anything worse than that.

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