noun ei·gen·vec·tor \ˈī-gən-ˌvek-tər\

Definition of eigenvector

  1. :  a nonzero vector that is mapped by a given linear transformation of a vector space onto a vector that is the product of a scalar multiplied by the original vector —called also characteristic vector

Origin and Etymology of eigenvector

International Scientific Vocabulary eigen- (from German eigen) + vector

First Known Use: 1941

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