virtual reality

noun
|Updated on: 22 Jun 2018
: an artificial environment which is experienced through sensory stimuli (such as sights and sounds) provided by a computer and in which one's actions partially determine what happens in the environment; also : the technology used to create or access a virtual reality

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1987

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virtual reality

  • : an artificial world of images and sounds created by a computer that is affected by the actions of a person who is experiencing it


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virtual reality

noun
: an artificial environment which is experienced through sights and sounds provided by a computer and in which a person's actions partly decide what happens in the environment

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