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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


Narrower (hyponym)ray

3. vector (object) any agent (person or animal or microorganism) that carries and transmits a disease


SamplesMosquitos 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.


Synonymstransmitter


Broader (hypernym)agent


Narrower (hyponym)carrier, gene delivery vector, immune carrier, transducing vector


Domain categoryanimal, 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


Broader (hypernym)virus


Narrower (hyponym)cosmid


Domain categorygenetic science, genetics









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