In greek, we learn that a vector in 3D space has three basic characteristics, namely,
- μήκος --> magnitude (length)
- διεύθυνση --> a line the vector is on
- φορά --> the way the vector faces on that line
So, a vector is a line segment having direction. (Wikipedia)
It can be seen that the only thing that distinguishes a vector from a line segment is the way the vector faces on the line that it is on.
In greek referring to both last two characteristics, we say 'κατεύθυνση' which translates to direction. It seems though, all three words translate to direction, so, I was wondering what to call the line the vector is on and the way the vector faces on that line if needed to separate them.
To be clear, the way the vector faces given a line can be one of two things. If we arbitrarily pick a plus and minus side of the line, the vector faces the negative side when to draw it we start at a point on the line and draw a line segment of some length towards the negative side.