I. noun Etymology: New Latin, from Latin, carrier, from vehere to carry — more at way Date: 1846 1. a. a quantity that has magnitude and direction and that is commonly represented by a directed line segment whose length represents the magnitude and whose orientation in space represents the direction; broadly an element of a vector space b. a course or compass direction especially of an airplane 2. a. an organism (as an insect) that transmits a pathogen b. pollinator a 3. an agent (as a plasmid or virus) that contains or carries modified genetic material (as recombinant DNA) and can be used to introduce exogenous genes into the genome of an organism • vector adjectivevectorial adjectivevectorially adverb II. transitive verb (vectored; vectoring) Date: 1941 1. to guide (as an airplane, its pilot, or a missile) in flight by means of a radioed vector 2. to change the direction of (the thrust of a jet engine) for steering

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