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
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)