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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Vector \Vec"tor\, n. [L., a bearer, carrier. fr. vehere, vectum, to carry.] 1. Same as Radius vector. [1913 Webster] 2. (Math.) A directed quantity, as a straight line, a force, or a velocity. Vectors are said to be equal when their directions are the same and their magnitudes equal. Cf. Scalar. [1913 Webster] Note: In a triangle, either side is the vector sum of the other two sides taken in proper order; the process finding the vector sum of two or more vectors is vector addition (see under Addition). [1913 Webster]