virtual

adjective
vir·​tu·​al | \ ˈvər-chə-wəl How to pronounce virtual (audio) , -chəl; ˈvərch-wəl\

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 as
a : occurring or existing primarily online virtual shopping
b : 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 sense 3

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Examples of virtual in a Sentence

The Web site provides a virtual tour of the stadium.

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But the virtual personal assistant business is very real. Mickey Rapkin, Town & Country, "How Does a Virtual Personal Assistant Work, Anyway?," 28 Feb. 2019 Soon, reality and virtual world [sic] are mixed and start to create confusion. Aja Romano, Vox, "The Black Mirror: Bandersnatch trailer promises a choose-your-own-nightmare," 27 Dec. 2018 In fact, only two stand out: Windows Sandbox, a virtual environment within Windows 10 to run untrusted apps; and support for kaomoji, the combination of characters to create faces and icons like ᶘ ᵒᴥᵒᶅ. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Windows 10's April 2019 Update should be as straightforward as its name," 25 Jan. 2019 Yeah, ghost or virtual kitchen, and what that means is your food can also be made ... Eric Johnson, Recode, "Why Sweetgreen thinks like a tech company," 17 Dec. 2018 The company also brought back the coveted skull trooper skin and created a community frenzy, showing how lucrative its strategy of artificial scarcity is when applied to limited-time virtual goods. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "The year in Fortnite," 18 Dec. 2018 Play, pause, and skip controls grew to capabilities that allowed you to take calls, access virtual assistants, and (in some models) listen to media while still being aware of your surroundings due to an open-ear design. Cassie Shortsleeve, Popular Mechanics, "How 5 Everyday Products Have Changed Through the Ages," 10 Dec. 2018 The virtual currency bitcoin continues surging to new highs as a frenzy of investors get in on the action. Paul Vigna, WSJ, "‘Crypto Tourists’ Flee as Bitcoin Slump Drags On," 12 Sep. 2018 It was originally developed as an accounting method for the virtual currency bitcoin. Kathleen Megan, courant.com, "UConn Trustees Approve Sale Of West Hartford Campus to Financial Tech Company," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of virtual

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for virtual

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

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virtual

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of virtual

: very close to being something without actually being it
: existing or occurring on computers or on the Internet

virtual

adjective
vir·​tu·​al | \ ˈvər-chə-wəl How to pronounce virtual (audio) \

Kids Definition of virtual

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

Other Words from virtual

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

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