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 Evidently, Google has not given up on virtual reality hardware, despite the epic flop of Google Glass. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "Demand for stolen credit cards has dropped in the pandemic," 1 July 2020 For all of Facebook's splashy investments in artificial intelligence and virtual reality products, the company -- like many of its peers in Silicon Valley -- remains an advertising business at heart. Rishi Iyengar, CNN, "Here's how big Facebook's ad business really is," 30 June 2020 Punchdrunk has already dabbled in virtual reality, with a project for the Samsung Gear VR called #believeyoureyes, as well as mobile gaming with Silverpoint, an app that directed players around the streets of London. Brian Barrett, Wired, "Pokemon Go and Sleep No More Creators Are Teaming Up on AR," 30 June 2020 Rothenberg raised four annual funds between 2013 and 2016 to invest in Silicon Valley start-ups, with an eye on the virtual reality industry in particular, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in San Francisco. Chase Difeliciantonio,, "Former Silicon Valley venture fund manager hit with federal fraud charges," 27 June 2020 But last February, PwC moved some of these lessons to virtual reality. Nicolás Rivero, Quartz, "Consulting firms are betting on unproven VR diversity trainings," 25 June 2020 The department has rolled out a virtual reality training for recruits at the police academy to increase situational awareness and de-escalation. CBS News, "Chicago police reforms reduce use of force, but there's "still a culture of denial and impunity," attorney says," 24 June 2020 The hotels will feature spaces for virtual reality and augmented reality, studios for streaming games and venues for throwing esports events, according to a press release. Shannon Liao, CNN, "Where nostalgic games like Neopets and MapleStory are now," 20 June 2020 And like Valkyrie, Star Wars: Squadrons is coming to virtual reality in addition to standard monitors. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Star Wars: Squadrons resurrects the spirit of yesteryear's X-Wing and TIE Fighter games," 15 June 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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5 Jul 2020

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“Virtual reality.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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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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