Definition of virtual
1 : being such in essence or effect though not formally recognized or admitted a virtual dictator
2 : of, relating to, or using virtual memory
3 : of, relating to, or being a hypothetical particle whose existence is inferred from indirect evidence virtual photons — compare real 3
4 : being on or simulated on a computer or computer network print or virtual books a virtual keyboard: such asa : occurring or existing primarily online virtual shoppingb : of, relating to, or existing within a virtual reality a virtual tour
Examples of virtual in a sentence
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
VIRTUAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of virtual for English Language Learners
: very close to being something without actually being it
: existing or occurring on computers or on the Internet
VIRTUAL Defined for Kids
Definition of virtual for Students
: being in effect but not in fact or name : close to but not quite something Rain is a virtual certainty today.
virtuallyadverb This animal is rare and has virtually disappeared in the wild.
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