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vector

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Noun

Singular
vector

Plural
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  1. (mathematics) a directed quantity, one with both magnitude and direction; an element of a vector space
    • 1914, The New Student's Reference Work,  
      As examples of vector quantities may be mentioned the distance between any two given points, a velocity, a force, an acceleration, angular velocity, intensity of magnetization flux of heat.
  2. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) a chosen course or direction for motion, as of an aircraft
  3. (epidemiology) a carrier of a disease-causing agent
  4. (sociology) a person or entity that passes along an urban legend or other meme from the concept of biological vector
  5. (Should we delete(+) this sense?) (psychology) 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. (computing) (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. (programming) 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. (programming) A one-dimensional array.

Usage notes

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

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Verb

Infinitive
to vector

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to vector (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. to set (particularly an aircraft) a course toward a selected point.

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References

  • The New Oxford Dictionary of English

Dutch

Noun

vector m (Plural: vectoren, diminutive: vectortje)

  1. (mathematics) an element of a vector space

Spanish

Noun

vector m. (plural vectores)

Singular
vector m.

Plural
vectores m.

  1. vector

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