Definition of virtual
1 : being such in essence or effect though not formally recognized or admitted a virtual dictator
2 : 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
3 : of, relating to, or using virtual memory
4 : of, relating to, or being a hypothetical particle whose existence is inferred from indirect evidence virtual photons — compare real 3
Examples of virtual in a Sentence
The Web site provides a virtual tour of the stadium.
Recent Examples of virtual from the Web
DeepSeeVR: Orca 360, which opened this month only at the San Diego park, represents SeaWorld’s latest foray into virtual reality.
People will be able to band together in virtual countries and set their own rules.
Of course, a place like this is all about the outdoors—and with two zip lines and the aforementioned treehouse, past owners have made a virtual playground out of the surroundings.
There is no hyperbole too great to describe Kesha’s return to solo music after nearly four years of virtual imprisonment.
The 2016 AAC media days included a virtual Last Supper atmosphere at the league’s annual sunset clambake in Newport, Rhode Island.
Davis scrapped a team developing games for virtual and augmented reality devices because the fruits of their labor would be too far off.
This will be the first time that Angle will be in a WWE virtual ring since his last appearance in a WWE video game, WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2007.
There are funny clips on how to survive an asteroid strike as well as YouTube hosts showing their reactions to a virtual reality asteroid collision.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'virtual.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
Origin and Etymology of virtual
Middle English, efficacious, potential, from Medieval Latin virtualis, from Latin virtus strength, virtue
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
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.
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up virtual? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).