- 1. math.
- A quantity which has both magnitude and direction, eg force, velocity, acceleration, often represented by an arrow pointing in an appropriate direction, whose length is proportional to its magnitude. Compare scalar, parallelogram of vectors.
- The course of an aircraft or missile.
- Any agent, such as an insect, that is capable of transferring a pathogen from one organism to another, eg from an animal to man, usually without itself contracting the disease, eg the vector of the malaria parasite is the anopheles mosquito.
- In genetic engineering: a vehicle used to transfer DNA from one organism to another to make recombinant DNA.
- A one-dimensional sequence of elements within a matrix;
- Such a sequence having a single identifying code or symbol, especially one acting as an intermediate address.
- vectored, vectoring
1. To direct (an aircraft in flight) to the required destination, especially when the directions are given from the ground.