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1. Mathematics
a. A quantity, such as velocity, completely specified by a magnitude and a direction.
b. A one-dimensional array.
c. An element of a vector space.
2. An organism, such as a mosquito or tick, that carries disease-causing microorganisms from one host to another.
3. A bacteriophage, plasmid, or other agent that transfers genetic material from one cell to another.
4. A force or influence.
5. A course or direction, as of an airplane.
tr.v. vec·tored, vec·tor·ing, vec·tors
To guide (a pilot or aircraft, for example) by means of radio communication according to vectors.

[Latin, carrier, from vehere, vect-, to carry; see wegh- in Indo-European roots.]

vec·to′ri·al (vĕk-tôr′ē-əl) adj.
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the act of vectoring or guiding aircraft using vectors
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Air traffic controllers have quite a few options for saying one simple thing: "Turn your airplane." Each vectoring method, like a hammer or a pair of pliers, is a specialized tool designed to fit a particular situation.
As you fly, you may hear a variety of vectoring radio phraseology on a daily basis.
Vectoring usually is a rather simple way to get from A to B.
In the context of vectoring, these are known as "non-radar routes." A vector also can end when the pilot reports the airport in sight and can proceed visually.
Called thrust vectoring, this gives fighter pilots greater maneuverability and a coveted edge over the enemy.
For most purposes, the minimum vectoring altitude (MVA) identified for an area is the minimum altitude that ATC can provide radar vectors.