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variometer Tweet Definition of variometer Like Definition of variometer on Facebook
noun
  1. An instrument used to measure variations in a magnetic field
  2. A rate-of-climb indicator
vector Tweet Definition of vector Like Definition of vector on Facebook
noun
  1. (mathematics) a directed quantity, one with both magnitude and direction; an element of a vector space
  2. (context, aviation) a chosen course or direction for motion, as of an aircraft
  3. (medicine, biology) a carrier of a disease-causing agent
  4. (sociology) a person or entity that passes along an urban legend or other meme from the concept of biological vector
  5. the way in which the eyes are drawn across the visual text. The trail that a book cover can encourage the eyes to follow from certain objects to others
  6. (computing) (operating systems) a memory address containing the address of a code entry point, usually one which is part of a table and often one that is dereference, deferenced and jump, jumped to during the execution of an interrupt
  7. (complang) A data structure consisting of a series of contiguous storage location, storage locations which are accessed via an integer offset from the address of the first storage location, thereby allowing a collection of values which utilize a common storage layout to be referenced either individually or in aggregate, as desired.
  8. (complang) A one-dimensional array.
verb
  1. to set (particularly an aircraft) a course toward a selected point.
vessel Tweet Definition of vessel Like Definition of vessel on Facebook
noun
  1. (nautical) A general term for all kinds of craft designed for transportation on water, such as ships or boats.
    • 1719: w:Daniel Defoe, Daniel Defoe, w:Robinson Crusoe, Robinson Crusoe
    • : ''But my hope was, that if I stood along this coast till I came to that part where the English traded, I should find some of their vessels upon their usual design of trade, that would relieve and take us in.
      1. A container.
      2. A person as a container of qualities or feelings.
    • Dolly Parton, The Seeker lyrics:
    • :I am a that"s empty and useless <BR />I am a bad seed that fell by the way<BR />I am a loser that wants to be a winner<BR />And you are my last hope<BR />Don"t turn me away.
      1. (biology) A tube or canal that carries fluid in an animal or plant.
      blood or lymph vessels in humans, xylem or phloem vessels in plants
volplane Tweet Definition of volplane Like Definition of volplane on Facebook
noun
  1. a steep, controlled dive, especially by an aircraft with the engine off
verb (volplan, ing)
  1. to make a volplane
    • 1973: Curtains of vapor drift back to reveal the Americans, volplaning along well inside ten meters and only a little faster than the balloon. " Thomas Pynchon, Gravity's Rainbow

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