vector - Dictionary definition and meaning for word vector

(noun) a variable quantity that can be resolved into components Definition
(noun) a straight line segment whose length is magnitude and whose orientation in space is direction Definition
(noun) any agent (person or animal or microorganism) that carries and transmits a disease
Synonyms : transmitter
Example Sentence
  • 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
(noun) (genetics) a virus or other agent that is used to deliver DNA to a cell

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