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vector (n.)

"quantity having magnitude and direction," 1846; earlier "line joining a fixed point and a variable point," 1704, from Latin vector "one who carries or conveys, carrier" (also "one who rides"), agent noun from past-participle stem of vehere "carry, convey" (from PIE root *wegh- "to go, move, transport in a vehicle"). Related: Vectorial.

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Definitions of vector from WordNet

vector (n.)
a variable quantity that can be resolved into components;
vector (n.)
a straight line segment whose length is magnitude and whose orientation in space is direction;
vector (n.)
any agent (person or animal or microorganism) that carries and transmits a disease;
when medical scientists talk about vectors they are usually talking about insects
mosquitos are vectors of malaria and yellow fever
fleas are vectors of the plague
Synonyms: transmitter
vector (n.)
(genetics) a virus or other agent that is used to deliver DNA to a cell;
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