# What does the dot product of two vectors represent?

I know how to calculate the dot product of two vectors alright. However, it is not clear to me what, exactly, does the dot product represent.

The product of two numbers, $2$ and $3$, we say that it is $2$ added to itself $3$ times or something like that.

But when it comes to vectors $\vec{a} \cdot \vec{b}$, I’m not sure what to say. “It is $\vec{a}$ added to itself $\vec{b}$ times” which doesn’t make much sense to me.