vector field

noun

: a set of vectors that is defined in relation to a function such that each point of the function is associated with a vector from the set

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web There's an instrument that measures incident ions along the spacecraft's orbit, as well as a 13-foot-long boom, which has a vector field magnetometer and three startrackers attached at the halfway point. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, 1 June 2020 This map, which is called a vector field, is a snapshot of the internal dynamics of a fluid. Quanta Magazine, 21 Dec. 2017 The Navier-Stokes equations take that snapshot and play it forward, telling you exactly what the vector field will look like at every subsequent moment in time. Quanta Magazine, 21 Dec. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1922, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of vector field was circa 1922

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“Vector field.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vector%20field. Accessed 3 Dec. 2022.

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