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Meaning & Definition of Vector in English

English

Vector

/vɛktər/

noun

1. A variable quantity that can be resolved into components

    synonym:
  • vector

2. A straight line segment whose length is magnitude and whose orientation in space is direction

    synonym:
  • vector

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"
    synonym:
  • vector
  • ,
  • transmitter

4. (genetics) a virus or other agent that is used to deliver dna to a cell

    synonym:
  • vector