virtual reality


Definition of virtual reality

: 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

Examples of virtual reality in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The club includes the North City Tech Center, which gives kids access to computers and coding programs, robotics and other equipment to foster STEM skills, along with virtual reality goggles. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 July 2022 If your father loves golf and owns Meta Quest 2 virtual reality goggles, the Golf Plus VR game ($30) is entertaining and interactive. Scott Kramer, Forbes, 1 June 2022 South African firm Mann Made developed Africarare last October, a 3D virtual reality immersive hub dubbed Ubuntuland. Faustine Ngila, Quartz, 20 May 2022 Digital exhibits — whether straightforward desktop builds or bleeding-edge immersive augmented reality/virtual reality experiences — are already here to stay. Hannah Edgar,, 9 Mar. 2022 Meta spent $10 billion in 2021 building metaverse products like the virtual reality goggles and Horizon Worlds. Dan Patterson, CBS News, 3 Mar. 2022 Meta’s Quest 2 is offering on-demand, virtual reality musical experiences for Horizon Venues App users. Darlene Aderoju, Billboard, 22 Feb. 2022 Facebook parent Meta launched Horizon Worlds, the first public iteration of its landmark virtual reality social platform, on Thursday, bringing the project out of private beta for millions of adults in the U.S. and Canada. Jacob Carpenter, Fortune, 10 Dec. 2021 Not an imitation Groot conjured with video or those clunky virtual reality goggles. New York Times, 19 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of virtual reality

1987, in the meaning defined above

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11 Aug 2022

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“Virtual reality.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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