The word vector means "carrier" in Latin; it is derived from the Latin verb vehere, which means to carry.
- In mathematics, it generally refers to any element of an abstractly-defined vector space over a field.
- Vector (spatial): In physics and engineering, vector most often refers specifically to an object that has a special relationship to the spatial coordinates/directions, i.e. an element of a tangent bundle.
- If the vector space is finite-dimensional, its vectors are commonly denoted by matrices with dimensions n×1 (column vector) or 1×n (row vector).
- Other specific types of vector include: probability vector.
- In computer programming, the same as list or one-dimensional array.
- Vector graphics describes a line or move in computer graphics
- Vector (computing) is the method that malicious code (viruses, etc) uses to propogate itself. (from the concept of biological vector below)
- A biological vector is a mechanism that transmits genes or organism. Most often used in the context of transmission of diseases.
- A person or entity that passes along an urban legend. (also from the concept of biological vector)
- Vector (band) is the name of a 1980s new wave rock band