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
But the damage had already been done as the original photo had gone viral.
The tweet immediately went viral and became one of the president's more popular posts before it was taken down after nearly six hours online.
In the debate that quickly went viral, a counterwave of voices denounced the censorship and destruction of artworks.
In a photo that quickly went viral, Pope Francis posed next to the president with a dour look while Trump grinned.
Bartenders at Johnny’s Tavern in Overland Park save the caps for him, and people from around the country send them to him after a video clip from a Channel 9 feature on Crozier went viral on the internet.
The clip, which went viral on Facebook, showed Martin pointing his Taser at Craig and her daughters and wrestling them to the ground.
That simple charm, akin to an intro from some sort of Rustbelt Garrison Keillor radio program, explains why Pawlowski's tale has gone viral over the past week or so, delighting the masses.
Hett went viral in late 2016 after tweeting his mom hadn’t sold anything at a local crafts fair.
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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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