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 But Tribeca, which includes 56 world premieres and programming across television, videogames, podcasts and virtual reality, had to start planning its 2021 incarnation — its 20th year — last August. Jake Coyle, Star Tribune, 10 June 2021 Meanwhile, younger consumers, who often don’t go to the movies as much as their parents did, have fueled a multibillion-dollar market in interactive experiences like videogames and virtual reality. R.t. Watson, WSJ, 8 June 2021 With Covid-19’s accelerated development of e-commerce, 3D and digital fashion, too, Dressarte now uses 3D imaging and virtual reality to bring every part of the customer’s couture experience to life. Lela London, Forbes, 5 May 2021 For the school district, Golf Maine worked with school principals to pilot an enrichment program during remote learning, giving students opportunities to learn coding, robotics and virtual reality at the Feldman Center, Resnick said. Jennifer Johnson,, 5 May 2021 Reports from several sources claim that Apple is working on various smart glass products that will deliver augmented (AR) and virtual reality (VR) experiences — a mixed reality (MR) device would combine AR and VR features. Chris Smith, BGR, 23 Apr. 2021 In 2018, his startup, Sky Limit Entertainment, received a multimillion-dollar investment from Intel—the exact amount wasn’t disclosed—and the two companies started to work on applying new technologies such as 5G to virtual reality. Yang Jie, WSJ, 26 May 2021 Cities and entertainment venues will need to get creative to lure folks back out for leisure and enjoyment, and that’s where immersive experiences powered by augmented and virtual reality could make a big difference. Gideon Kimbrell, Rolling Stone, 25 May 2021 Companies capitalizing on virtual reality and other emerging technologies in order to solve modern-day, human issues will outpace the rest. Shama Hyder, Forbes, 11 May 2021

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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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12 Jun 2021

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“Virtual reality.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 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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