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vector (s) (noun), vectors (pl)
1. Any force or influence that consists of a quantity which is specified by magnitude, direction, and sense: The vector of the aircraft consisted of elements that the pilot had to maintain in order to arrive safely at his destination on time.
2. An organism; such as, a mosquito or a tick, that carries disease-causing microorganisms from one host to another one: A vector picks up disease organisms from sources of infections from infected blood or feces, carries them inside or on their bodies, and then deposits them where they infect a new host, either directly or indirectly.

A vector can be any agent (person or animal or microorganism) that carries and transmits a disease. For example, mosquitos are vectors of malaria, West Nile virus, and yellow fever and fleas are vectors of the plague. Aphids are transmitters of plant diseases. When medical scientists refer to vectors they are usually talking about insects.

3. A bacteriophage, plasmid, or other agent that transfers genetic material from one cell to another cell: Genetic engineering relies on the use of vectors when creating or cloning cells.
4. A computer memory location containing the address of a code; usually, some kind of operating system service: By changing the vector to point to a different piece of code, it is possible to modify the behavior of the operating system of a computer.
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vector (verb), vectors; vectored; vectoring
To guide someone or something: A pilot or an aircraft is vectored by using radio communications.

A radio transmitter was vectoring the hikers towards safety after they got lost in the jungle.

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electric vector, electric-field vector, electric-field intensity; electric-field strength
1. A vector which represents the force per unit charge acting on a positive charge in an electric field.
2. The force on a stationary positive electrical charge per unit charge at a point in an electric field.

It is usually measured in volts per meter.

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vector-borne (adjective), more vector-borne, most vector-borne
A description of a disease which affects more than one species and that is transmitted by the host to other host species: Many vector-borne carriers are insects or arthropods; for example, mosquitoes are the vectors for malaria.

An increase in vector-borne diseases can be associated with changes in weather conditions; such as, prolonged droughts.

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Word Entries at Get Words: “vector
A quantity, drawn as an arrow, with both direction and magnitude; for example, force and velocity are vectors.

If a quantity has magnitude, but not direction, it is called a scalar. Temperature, length, and mass are examples of scalars.

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