(Latin: quantity having magnitude and direction; carrier, bearer, conveyer; from the stem of vehere, "to carry, to convey, to cart")
Most vections are direct and immediate when they are transferred directly from one person to another one.
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.
A radio transmitter was vectoring the hikers towards safety after they got lost in the jungle.
An increase in vector-borne diseases can be associated with changes in weather conditions; such as, prolonged droughts.
2. A method of charting the electro activity of the heart: Mrs. Carson, the medical technician, arranged to have a vectorcardiography of Sally's heart beat and e-mailed the results to her cardiologist.
2. A descriptive term for insects or animals that carry diseases from one animal or plant to another one: Certain species of mosquitoes are the most vectored insects in the world.
2. Pertaining to a chosen course or direction for motion; such as, an aircraft: The pilot followed the vectorial indications on the map to guide the plane through the fog and to a safe landing.
2. Marked by or full of vigor or energy; wild or turbulent; strong: Jane and James experienced the vehemence of a severe storm this afternoon.
2. An unusual intensity and eagerness of emotions or convictions; fervid: The politician spoke with a vehemency that was meant to replace the fact that he was on shaky grounds regarding the issue about which he was speaking.
3. A strong ardor or animated fervor and enthusiasm: The vehemency Monroe felt about his dictionary project inspired others to work with him to fulfill his objectives to produce superior contents.
4. Violence; a great force: The vehemency of the wind destroyed many homes in the community.
5. Etymology: from Latin vehemens, from veho, "to carry", that is, "to rush" or "to drive".
2. Characterized by rancor or anger; violent: Madeline expressed vehement hostility to another woman who was talking to her husband at the fitness studio.
3. Strongly emotional; intense or passionate: Henry had a vehement desire to complete his project.
4. Marked by great energy or exertion; strenuous: The audience extended their vehement clapping after the singer finished her song.
5. Etymology: from French vehement, from Latin vehementem, accusative of vehemens, "eager, violent, furious"; literally, "rushing"; from vehere, "to carry, to convey".
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2. A descriptive reference to actions with great force or energy; violent; furious: The rain beat vehemently against the windows of the house during the thunder storm.
3. Etymology: some sources state that the "ultimate origin is uncertain"; however, The Barnhart Dictionary of Etymology indicates that it is probably before 1425, from Middle French vehement, "impetuous, ardent"; perhaps from an earlier wehemenos, "carrying oneself, rushing"; from vehere, "to carry"; and Klein's Comprehensive Etymological Dictionary of the English Language by Dr. Ernest Klein, states that its literal meaning of "rushing" came from vehere, "to carry, to convey".