Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Mathematics A quantity, such as velocity, completely specified by a magnitude and a direction.
  • n. Mathematics A one-dimensional array.
  • n. Mathematics An element of a vector space.
  • n. Pathology An organism, such as a mosquito or tick, that carries disease-causing microorganisms from one host to another.
  • n. Genetics A bacteriophage, plasmid, or other agent that transfers genetic material from one cell to another.
  • n. A force or influence.
  • n. A course or direction, as of an airplane.
  • transitive v. To guide (a pilot or aircraft, for example) by means of radio communication according to vectors.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A directed quantity, one with both magnitude and direction; the signed difference between two points.
  • n. An ordered tuple representing a directed quantity or the signed difference between two points.
  • n. Any member of a (generalized) vector space.
  • n. A chosen course or direction for motion, as of an aircraft.
  • n. A carrier of a disease-causing agent.
  • n. A person or entity that passes along an urban legend or other meme.
  • n. A recurring psychosocial issue that stimulates growth and development in the personality.
  • n. The way in which the eyes are drawn across the visual text. The trail that a book cover can encourage the eyes to follow from certain objects to others.
  • n. A memory address containing the address of a code entry point, usually one which is part of a table and often one that is dereferenced and jumped to during the execution of an interrupt.
  • n. A one-dimensional array.
  • v. To set (particularly an aircraft) on a course toward a selected point.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Same as radius vector.
  • n. A directed quantity, as a straight line, a force, or a velocity. Vectors are said to be equal when their directions are the same and their magnitudes equal. Cf. Scalar.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In quaternions, a quantity which, being added to any point of space, gives as the sum that point which is at a certain distance in a certain direction from the first.
  • n. Hence— A directive quantity; a quantity determined by two numbers giving its direction and a third giving its magnitude.
  • n. Same as radius vector. See radius.
  • Of the nature of or concerned with vectors.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a straight line segment whose length is magnitude and whose orientation in space is direction
  • n. (genetics) a virus or other agent that is used to deliver DNA to a cell
  • n. any agent (person or animal or microorganism) that carries and transmits a disease
  • n. a variable quantity that can be resolved into components

Etymologies

Latin, carrier, from vehere, vect-, to carry.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin vector ("carrier"), from vehō ("I carry, I bear"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • Vectronaut is a vector related blog made by Ivan, the name came from the mix of * vector* and * astronaut*, serving tutorials and inspiration .. and anything that (Ivan) _the young illustrator_ knows about vector art.

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  • The term vector-borne diseases is referred to in this slide set in its broad WHO definition, i.e. those diseases whose transmission vitally depends on primary and intermediate vertebrate and invertebrate hosts and animal reservoirs of pathogenic organisms.

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  • You must not only understand what you're building, but also how the program will evolve (what I call the vector of change [17]).

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  • It adds word stemming and a thesaurus on top of the term vector database to assist in keeping a search in context.

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  • In Mathematica 7 it has been dramatically improved, adding modern techniques in vector data visualization and new algorithms developed at Wolfram Research.

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  • With gene therapy, scientists try to correct the problem by delivering a normal gene to the body, using what is known as a vector to insert the gene into cells—usually a virus that is genetically altered to contain human DNA.

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  • The site launched earlier this year as wireless plan comparison service, but with personal debt at record highs and personal savings rates at record lows, the credit card vector is potentially even more important and useful tool.

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  • Monday, I will remember that that the way to get over that overhang on the new white route is right hand up, left foot as high as possible, left hand across the body on a vector from the left foot, right hand across the left hand, and left hand out to the little pizza.

    You must forget the warmth he gave, I will forget the light.

  • With the Winny file sharing program being the main vector for data loss (that we hear of, anyway) in Japan, what about another way, through careless use of removable media at work?

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