English noun: vector
|1.||vector (cognition) a variable quantity that can be resolved into components|
|Broader (hypernym)||variable, variable quantity|
|Narrower (hyponym)||cross product, radius vector, radius vector, resultant, vector product, vector sum|
|2.||vector (shape) a straight line segment whose length is magnitude and whose orientation in space is direction|
|Broader (hypernym)||straight line|
|3.||vector (object) any agent (person or animal or microorganism) that carries and transmits a disease|
|Samples||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.
|Narrower (hyponym)||carrier, gene delivery vector, immune carrier, transducing vector|
|Domain category||animal, animate being, beast, brute, creature, fauna, micro-organism, microorganism|
|4.||vector (animal) (genetics) a virus or other agent that is used to deliver DNA to a cell|
|Domain category||genetic science, genetics|