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 Breeders' Cup also plans advanced technologies on its digital platforms, including a second screen to see as many horses as possible and a 360-degree virtual reality camera in the paddock. Beth Harris, The Courier-Journal, "Breeders' Cup to race without fans, so Keeneland will play host again in 2022," 13 Sep. 2020 The clips are all about three to four minutes long, and can be watched with a virtual reality headset, on a computer or a mobile device. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Celebrate World Ocean Month With Four Virtual Dives," 16 June 2020 High-tech traveling includes virtual reality and augmented reality. CBS News, "Gazing into the future: What life, work and travel could look like in 2021," 1 Jan. 2021 The setting of the outer-space story line, in which David Oyelowo, Felicity Jones, Kyle Chandler, Demián Bichir and Tiffany Boone play the space station’s crew, was first conceived in virtual reality. Washington Post, "It’s been a bleak year, so our gift to you is George Clooney’s thoughts on movies, murder hornets and mince pie," 23 Dec. 2020 Many companies have already started using personalised micro-learning, gamification, virtual reality, and augmented reality for corporate learning. Rakesh Reddy, Quartz India, "Indian real estate firms want to hire tech savvy professionals to adjust to the new normal," 5 Nov. 2020 Acute Art produced some of its very first immersive artworks in 2017 and 2018 using virtual reality, a completely virtual experience where users wear headsets. Kathryn Tully, Smithsonian Magazine, "With Augmented Reality, You Can Now Superimpose Publicly Exhibited Artworks in Your Home," 4 Nov. 2020 Taylor said the program used virtual reality because in-person attendance was not possible due to the pandemic. Beth Mlady, cleveland, "Berea-Midpark High School student gains leadership skills on global scale," 29 Oct. 2020 Beat Saber, which is a virtual reality game available on PlayStation 4 and other devices, allows users to slice blocks representing musical beats in a neon universe. Elissa Strauss, CNN, "Fitness video games can break your Covid pandemic exercise slump," 17 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of virtual reality

1987, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of virtual reality was in 1987

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19 Jan 2021

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“Virtual reality.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of 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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Kids Definition of virtual reality

: 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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