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

Simple Definition of virtual

  • : very close to being something without actually being it

  • : existing or occurring on computers or on the Internet

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of virtual

  1. 1 :  being such in essence or effect though not formally recognized or admitted <a virtual dictator>

  2. 2 :  of, relating to, or using virtual memory

  3. 3 :  of, relating to, or being a hypothetical particle whose existence is inferred from indirect evidence <virtual photons> — compare real 3

  4. 4 :  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 in a sentence

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



Origin and Etymology of virtual

Middle English, efficacious, potential, from Medieval Latin virtualis, from Latin virtus strength, virtue


First Known Use: 15th century

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VIRTUAL Defined for Kids

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adjective vir·tu·al \ˈvər-chə-wəl\

Definition of virtual for Students

  1. :  being in effect but not in fact or name :  close to but not quite something <Rain is a virtual certainty today.>

virtually

adverb <This animal is rare and has virtually disappeared in the wild.>



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