adjective vir·tu·al \ˈvər-chə-wəl, -chəl; ˈvərch-wəl\

: very close to being something without actually being it

: existing or occurring on computers or on the Internet

Full Definition of VIRTUAL

:  being such in essence or effect though not formally recognized or admitted <a virtual dictator>
:  of, relating to, or using virtual memory
:  of, relating to, or being a hypothetical particle whose existence is inferred from indirect evidence <virtual photons> — compare real 3
:  being on or simulated on a computer or computer network <print or virtual books> <a virtual keyboard>: as
a :  occurring or existing primarily online <virtual shopping>
b :  of, relating to, or existing within a virtual reality <a virtual tour>

Examples of VIRTUAL

  1. The Web site provides a virtual tour of the stadium.

Origin of VIRTUAL

Middle English, efficacious, potential, from Medieval Latin virtualis, from Latin virtus strength, virtue
First Known Use: 15th century

Other Computer-Related Terms

adware, flash, kludge, phishing, recursive, router
VIRTUAL Defined for Kids


adjective vir·tu·al \ˈvər-chə-wəl\

Definition of VIRTUAL for Kids

:  being in effect but not in fact or name :  close to but not quite something <Rain is a virtual certainty today.>
vir·tu·al·ly adverb <This animal is rare and has virtually disappeared in the wild.>


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