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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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

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
vectorial play \vek-ˈtȯr-ē-əl\ adjective
vectorially play \-ə-lē\ adverb

Examples of vector in a sentence

  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

vectoredvectoring 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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VECTOR Defined for Kids

vector

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noun vec·tor \ˈvek-tər\

Definition of vector for Students

  1. :  a living thing (as a mosquito, fly, or tick) that carries and passes on a disease-causing microorganism




Medical Dictionary

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vector

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noun vec·tor \ˈvek-tər\

Medical Definition of vector

  1. 1:  a quantity that has magnitude and direction and that is usually represented by part of a straight line with the given direction and with a length representing the magnitude

  2. 2:  an organism (as an insect) that transmits a pathogen from one organism or source to another <fleas are vectors of plague>—compare carrier 1a

  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

vectorial \vek-ˈtōr-ē-əl, -ˈtȯr-\play adjective



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vector

transitive verb vec·tor

Medical Definition of vector

vectored; vectoring \-t(ə-)riŋ\play

  1. :  to transmit (a pathogen or disease) from one organism to another :  act as a vector for <a disease vectored by flies>





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