vector field


Definition of vector field

: 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

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This map, which is called a vector field, is a snapshot of the internal dynamics of a fluid. Quanta Magazine, "Mathematicians Find Wrinkle in Famed Fluid Equations," 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, "Mathematicians Find Wrinkle in Famed Fluid Equations," 21 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of vector field

circa 1922, in the meaning defined above

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