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vector graphics

a method of electronically coding graphic images so that they are represented in lines rather than fixed bitmaps, allowing an image, as on a computer display screen, to be rotated or proportionally scaled.

vector graphic

a computer image that is stored in memory as lines rather than a series of dots, allowing it to be rotated or proportionally scaled.
Compare bit-mapped image. Unabridged
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(Sometimes called "object-oriented" graphics, though it's nothing to do with object-oriented programming). The representation of separate shapes such as lines, polygons and text, and groups of such objects, as opposed to bitmaps. The advantage of vector graphics ("drawing") programs over bitmap ("paint") editors is that multiple overlapping elements can be manipulated independently without using differenet layers for each one. It is also easier to render an object at different sizes and to transform it in other ways without worrying about image resolution and pixels.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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