Definition of viral
1 : of, relating to, or caused by a virus a viral infection
2 : quickly and widely spread or popularized especially by person-to-person electronic communication a viral video
virallyplay \ˈvī-rə-lē\ adverb
Recent Examples of viral from the Web
However, as with so many stories about Trump that go viral online, the reality is more nuanced than the Internet's fast-moving theories.
Now, producing iconic Hall H moments has become as essential a part of a successful Comic-Con showing as the opportunistic activations and viral marketing campaigns that fill the Gaslamp Quarter around the convention center.
The remark, which went viral on social media, was widely derided by economists as at odds with the basic principles of economics — that supply follows demand, not the other way around.
That footage went viral, sparking protests that lasted for weeks.
Vick cut his hair, spoke against animal abuse, and stood up for a white teammate who called a black security guard the N-word in a viral video.
A Florida prosecutor embroiled in a high-level dispute with the state's governor over the death penalty was pulled over by police officers in June in a video that has since gone viral.
The dress code—which, despite reports, isn't new and does apply to men to some extent—went viral last week when CBS News reported that female journalists had been booted for violating it.
The 22-year-old Clemson student’s tweet received viral attention and was favorited more than 7,700 times.
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First Known Use of viral
VIRAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of viral for English Language Learners
: caused by a virus
: spreading very quickly to many people especially through the Internet
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