- a quantity possessing both magnitude and direction, represented by an arrow the direction of which indicates the direction of the quantity and the length of which is proportional to the magnitude.Compare scalar (def. 4).
- such a quantity with the additional requirement that such quantities obey the parallelogram law of addition.
- such a quantity with the additional requirement that such quantities are to transform in a particular way under changes of the coordinate system.
- any generalization of the above quantities.
- an insect or other organism that transmits a pathogenic fungus, virus, bacterium, etc.
- any agent that acts as a carrier or transporter, as a virus or plasmid that conveys a genetically engineered DNA segment into a host cell.
verb (used with object)
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Origin of vector
OTHER WORDS FROM vectorvec·to·ri·al [vek-tawr-ee-uhl, -tohr-], /vɛkˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-/, adjectivevec·to·ri·al·ly, adverb
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Example sentences from the Web for vector
It produces embeddings in a vector space with 12,288 dimensions.Welcome to the Next Level of Bullshit - Issue 89: The Dark Side|Raphaël Millière|September 9, 2020|Nautilus
Oxford used existing technology, a chimpanzee adenovirus vaccine vector, to make its vaccine.More than manufacturing: India’s homegrown COVID vaccines could transform its pharma industry|Naomi Xu Elegant|September 6, 2020|Fortune
They also injected a control model with the siRNA without the vector.The Neurons That Appeared from Nowhere - Issue 89: The Dark Side|Nayanah Siva|September 2, 2020|Nautilus
The rest of us who are able to work remotely should not act as a vector for community spread.I’m a physician and a CEO. Why I won’t bring my employees back to the office before Labor Day 2021|matthewheimer|August 26, 2020|Fortune
Michael Jarvis, a virologist at the University of Plymouth, leads a group that has created vaccines against Ebola and tuberculosis with cytomegaloviruses, which he says offer a great deal of flexibility as vectors.Can Vaccines for Wildlife Prevent Human Pandemics?|Rodrigo Pérez Ortega|August 24, 2020|Quanta Magazine
To some extent, it seems, “the law enforcement vector” contributed to the radicalization of Abu Omar.ISIS Is Putin’s Problem, Too, and This Chechen Is One Reason Why.|Anna Nemtsova|September 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The adenovirus he received was simply a vector, bringing a missing gene to his cell.
To early adopters, Homestar Runner was that light, in vector graphics with actionscript.Homestar Runner, Trogdor the Burninator, and the Birth of the Internet|Rich Goldstein|April 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Sex is a major vector in the relationships, but there are emotional attachments as well.China’s Concubine Culture Lives On in Mistress Villages|Brendon Hong|April 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Or, as Sims finely puts it, the zombie will be found “moving blindly along a vector of memory.”Zombies, Zombies, Everywhere: What’s a Novelist to Do?|J.T. Price|June 21, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The line drawn from the sun to any point of the orbit (the string from pin to pencil point) is a radius vector.
The radius vector of each planet moves over equal areas in equal times.
The radius vector (or line joining sun and planet) sweeps out equal areas in equal times.Pioneers of Science|Oliver Lodge
Diurnal inequalities in N and W lend themselves readily to the construction of what are known as vector diagrams.
With considerable change of latitude however the shape of vector diagrams changes largely.
British Dictionary definitions for vector
Derived forms of vectorvectorial (vɛkˈtɔːrɪəl), adjectivevectorially, adverb
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In physics and mathematics, any quantity with both a magnitude and a direction. For example, velocity is a vector because it describes both how fast something is moving and in what direction it is moving. Because velocity is a vector, other quantities in which velocity is a factor, such as acceleration and momentum, are vectors also.