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Dictionary Definition

vector

Noun

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 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"; "when medical scientists talk about vectors they are usually talking about insects" [syn: transmitter]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

  • /ˈvɛktə/ (RP)
  • /ˈvɛktɚ/ (US)

Noun

  1. a directed quantity, one with both magnitude and direction; an element of a vector space
  2. In the context of "aviation": a chosen course or direction for motion, as of an aircraft
  3. medicine biology a carrier of a disease-causing agent
  4. a person or entity that passes along an urban legend or other meme from the concept of biological vector
  5. a recurring psychosocial issue that stimulates growth and development in the personality
  6. the way in which the eyes are drawn across the visual text. The trail that a book cover can encourage the eyes to follow from certain objects to others
  7. (operating systems) a memory address containing the address of a code entry point, usually one which is part of a table and often one that is deferenced and jumped to during the execution of an interrupt
  8. A data structure consisting of a series of contiguous storage locations which are accessed via an integer offset from the address of the first storage location, thereby allowing a collection of values which utilize a common storage layout to be referenced either individually or in aggregate, as desired.
  9. A one-dimensional array.

Usage notes

  • The term vector is used loosely when the indices are not (either postitive or non-negative) integers.

Translations

a directed quantity (1)
  • Bosnian: Vektor
  • Catalan: vector
  • Czech: vektor
  • Dutch: vector
  • Finnish: vektori
  • French: vecteur
  • German: Vektor
  • Hebrew:
  • Hungarian: vektor
  • Italian: vettore
  • Japanese: ベクトル
  • Korean: 벡터
  • Portuguese: vector
  • Russian: вектор
  • Slovenian: vektor
  • Spanish: vector
  • Swedish: vektor
a chosen course or direction for motion (2)
  • Catalan: vector
  • Dutch: koers
  • Finnish: kurssi
  • Portuguese: vector
  • Russian: курс, направление
  • Spanish: vector
  • Swedish: vektor
a carrier of a disease-causing agent (3)
a person or entity that passes along an urban legend or other meme (4)
the way in which the eyes are drawn across the visual text (5)
a memory address containing the address of a code entry point (6)
A data structure consisting of a series of contiguous storage locations which are accessed via an integer offset (7)
  • Finnish: vektori
  • Hebrew:
  • Russian: вектор, массив
A one-dimensional array (8)
  • Hebrew:
  • Russian: вектор, массив

Verb

  1. to set (particularly an aircraft) a course toward a selected point.

Translations

to set (particularly an aircraft) a course toward a selected point

References

  • The New Oxford Dictionary of English

Dutch

Noun

vector m (Plural: vectoren, diminutive: vectortje)

Spanish

Noun

  1. vector

Extensive Definition

Vector may refer to:

Mathematics and physics

Computer science

  • A one-dimensional array
    • Vector (STL), a data type in the C++ Standard Template Library
  • Dope vector, a data structure used to store information about an array
  • Vector processor, a computer processor which works on arrays of several numbers at once
  • Vector graphics, images defined by geometric primitives as opposed to bitmaps
  • Interrupt vector, the location in memory of an interrupt handling routine
  • Vector (malware), methods that computer viruses and malware use to propagate themselves (by analogy to biological vectors)
  • Vector-06C, a computer developed in the USSR

Biology

In molecular biology:

Games and fiction

Company names

Other uses

vector in Catalan: Vector
vector in Czech: Vektor (rozcestník)
vector in Danish: Vektor (flertydig)
vector in German: Vektor (Begriffsklärung)
vector in Spanish: Vector
vector in Basque: Bektore
vector in French: Vecteur (homonymie)
vector in Korean: 벡터
vector in Croatian: Vektor (razdvojba)
vector in Indonesian: Vektor
vector in Icelandic: Vigur
vector in Italian: Vettore
vector in Hebrew: וקטור
vector in Dutch: Vector
vector in Japanese: ベクトル
vector in Low German: Vekter (Mehrdüdig Begreep)
vector in Portuguese: Vector (desambiguação)
vector in Romanian: Vector
vector in Russian: Вектор
vector in Slovak: Vektor
vector in Slovenian: Vektor
vector in Serbian: Вектор
vector in Swedish: Vektor
vector in Thai: เวกเตอร์ (แก้ความกำกวม)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

aerial infection, air line, airborne infection, axis, azimuth, beeline, biological vector, carrier, chord, communicability, compass bearing, compass direction, contagion, contagiousness, contamination, course, cryptogenic infection, diagonal, diameter, direct infection, direct line, directrix, droplet infection, dust infection, edge, epidemiology, great-circle course, hand infection, heading, indirect infection, infection, infectiousness, lee side, magnetic bearing, mechanical vector, normal, perpendicular, phytogenic infection, primary infection, pyogenic infection, radius, radius vector, relative bearing, right line, secant, secondary infection, segment, shortcut, side, straight, straight course, straight line, straight stretch, straightaway, streamline, subclinical infection, tack, taint, tangent, transversal, true bearing, vehicle, virus, waterborne infection, weather side, zoogenic infection
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