virtual image


: an image (such as one seen in a plane mirror) formed of points from which divergent rays (as of light) seem to emanate without actually doing so

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Roblox has robust moderation efforts, which include scanning text chat for inappropriate words as well as every virtual image uploaded to the game. Joel Rosenblatt,, 5 Oct. 2022 Motion-capture cameras ringing the soundstage track its position and use that data to compute a realistic virtual image displayed on the monitor. Discover Magazine, 29 June 2010 Clearsight Ground View stitches together a virtual image of what's immediately in front of and under the car. Joe Lorio, Car and Driver, 11 Nov. 2022 The image travels through a microprojector to a lens in front of the eye, creating a transparent display that layers the virtual image over the view of the real world. Ari Grobman, Forbes, 19 July 2022 Kids can use play areas, stand behind center field and watch the Dodgers take batting practice, step into a cage for some batting practice of their own, and pose with a virtual image of their favorite player for a picture. Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times, 7 Apr. 2021 By 8:25, her virtual image was projected onto a whiteboard in Room 332. Matt Porter,, 30 Jan. 2021 This teardown includes an unusually lengthy explanation of how Magic Leap's first commercially available headset renders virtual images, à la Microsoft's Hololens. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, 23 Aug. 2018 Before free agency revved up, the company had virtual images for several teams ready to go and increased the number of blanks on-hand for every one of James’ possible destinations, based on Vegas odds. Cam Wolf, GQ, 2 July 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1859, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of virtual image was in 1859

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“Virtual image.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jun. 2023.

Medical Definition

virtual image

: an image (as seen in a plane mirror) formed of virtual foci

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