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Noun: vector  vek-tu(r)
  1. A variable quantity that can be resolved into components
     
  2. A straight line segment whose length is magnitude and whose orientation in space is direction
     
  3. (microorganism) any agent (person, animal or microorganism) that carries and transmits a disease
    "mosquitos are vectors of malaria and yellow fever"; "fleas are vectors of the plague"; "when medical scientists talk about vectors they are usually talking about insects";
    - transmitter
     
  4. (genetics) a virus or other agent that is used to deliver DNA to a cell
     
  5. (aviation) a chosen course or direction of motion
     
  6. (programming) a one-dimensional array
Verb: vector  vek-tu(r)
  1. (of an aircraft) set a course towards a selected point

Derived forms: vectoring, vectors, vectored

Type of: agent, straight line, variable, variable quantity, virus

Encyclopedia: Vector