virtual reality

noun

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

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Last year, the academies began offering lessons in virtual reality. Patrick Sisson, Vox, "In Walmart’s virtual reality simulation, Black Friday never ends," 15 Nov. 2018 Coe, the zoo designer, sees a future in virtual reality, too. David Scharfenberg, BostonGlobe.com, "Did humans drive this polar bear insane?," 13 July 2018 Those who want to view the Google Doodle can do so through Google’s Cardboard or Daydream virtual reality viewers after downloading the company’s Spotlight Stories app. Lisa Eadicicco, Time, "The First Virtual Reality Google Doodle Honors French Filmmaker Georges Méliès," 3 May 2018 Despite Facebook’s backing, virtual reality remains a niche field of technology popular primarily among video game fans looking for even more compelling entertainment. Michael Liedtke, The Seattle Times, "Oculus co-founder Brendan Iribe joins exodus from Facebook," 24 Oct. 2018 Experts are developing stress-management systems, including virtual reality programs and robotic companions, to help interplanetary travelers cope on their trip. Stephen Ornes, Discover Magazine, "Want to be a Mars Astronaut? You'll Need the Proper Mindset," 16 Oct. 2018 Greenwood Avenue is a virtual reality film by Ayana Baraka that fictionally documents the events of Tulsa's 1921 destruction. Amira Rasool, Teen Vogue, "'Greenwood Avenue' Costume Designer Talks the Importance of 1920s Black Fashion," 28 Sep. 2018 But a chance encounter with the possibilities of augmented and virtual reality shifted her trajectory at the agency. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "Standing on Other Planets Is the Killer App for Augmented Reality," 9 July 2018 The idea of bringing augmented or virtual reality into museums isn’t new. Sophie Haigney, SFChronicle.com, "SFMOMA’s Magritte Interpretive Gallery lets people play with artist’s work," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of virtual reality

1987, in the meaning defined above

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virtual reality

noun

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

virtual reality

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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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