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vector

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noun vec·tor \ˈvek-tər\

Simple Definition of vector

  • mathematics : a quantity (such as velocity) that has size and direction

  • : the course or direction of an airplane

  • biology : an insect, animal, etc., that carries germs that cause disease

Full Definition of vector

  1. 1 a :  a quantity that has magnitude and direction and that is commonly represented by a directed line segment whose length represents the magnitude and whose orientation in space represents the direction; broadly :  an element of a vector space b :  a course or compass direction especially of an airplane

  2. 2 a :  an organism (as an insect) that transmits a pathogen b :  pollinator a

  3. 3 :  an agent (as a plasmid or virus) that contains or carries modified genetic material (as recombinant DNA) and can be used to introduce exogenous genes into the genome of an organism

vector adjective
vec·to·ri·al play \vek-ˈtȯr-ē-əl\ adjective
vec·to·ri·al·ly play \-ə-lē\ adverb

Examples of vector

  1. a mosquito that is the principal vector of yellow fever



Origin of vector

New Latin, from Latin, carrier, from vehere to carry — more at way


First Known Use: 1846

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Rhymes with vector


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vector

verb vec·tor

Definition of vector

vec·toredvec·tor·ing play \-t(ə-)riŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to guide (as an airplane, its pilot, or a missile) in flight by means of a radioed vector

  3. 2 :  to change the direction of (the thrust of a jet engine) for steering



1941

First Known Use of vector

1941

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