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Meaning of VECTOR

Pronunciation:  'vektur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a variable quantity that can be resolved into components
  2. [n]  any agent (person or animal or microorganism) that carries and transmits a disease; "mosquitos are vectors of malaria and yellow fever"; "fleas are vectors of the plague"; "aphids are transmitters of plant diseases"
  3. [n]  a straight line segment whose length is magnitude and whose orientation in space is direction

VECTOR is a 6 letter word that starts with V.


 Synonyms: transmitter
 See Also: agent, carrier, cross product, gene delivery vector, immune carrier, radius vector, ray, resultant, straight line, transducing vector, variable, variable quantity, vector product, vector sum



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Vec"tor\, n. [L., a bearer, carrier. fr. vehere, vectum,
to carry.]
1. Same as {Radius vector}.

2. (Math.) A directed quantity, as a straight line, a force,
   or a velocity. Vectors are said to be equal when their
   directions are the same their magnitudes equal. Cf.

Note: In a triangle, either side is the vector sum of the
      other two sides taken in proper order; the process
      finding the vector sum of two or more vectors is vector
      addition (see under {Addition}).

Computing Dictionary

1. A member of a vector space.

2. A line or movement defined by its end points, or by the current position and one other point. See vector graphics.

3. A memory location containing the address of some code, often some kind of exception handler or other operating system service. By changing the vector to point to a different piece of code it is possible to modify the behaviour of the operating system.

Compare hook.

4. A one-dimensional array.

Biology Dictionary
  1. An organism that spreads an infectious disease; often, this infectious host is not affected by the illness.
  2. A DNA molecule that replicates on its own in a host cell and can be used as a vehicle in the laboratory for replicating other types of DNA.
  1. An autonomously replicating DNA molecule into which foreign DNA fragments are inserted and then propagated in a host cell. Also living carriers of genetic material (such as pollen) from plant to plant, such as insects.