virtual image


Definition of 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

Examples of virtual image in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 The system was used to create a life-sized 3-D virtual image of the documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock that appeared in a television broadcast. NBC News, 4 May 2018 Also available is the Heads-Up Display, which projects an 8.5-inch virtual image onto the windshield, to assist the driver in keeping eyes on the road. William Thornton,, 4 Apr. 2018 But the augmented reality system helped surgeons find those blood vessels directly, by highlighting them in the three-dimensional virtual image displayed in an AR headset. Tom Metcalfe /, NBC News, 14 Feb. 2018 Augmented reality involves superimposing virtual images over the real world, as opposed to virtual reality, which is entirely artificial. David Meyer, Fortune, 18 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of virtual image

1859, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of virtual image was in 1859

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“Virtual image.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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

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