- being such in power, force, or effect, though not actually or expressly such: a virtual dependence on charity.
- noting an image formed by the apparent convergence of rays geometrically, but not actually, prolonged, as the image formed by a mirror (opposed to real).
- noting a focus of a system forming virtual images.
- temporarily simulated or extended by computer software: a virtual disk in RAM; virtual memory on a hard disk.
Origin of virtual
Examples from the Web for virtual
Amnesty International and Reporters Without Borders cannot be accessed without a virtual private network.China’s Internet Is Freer Than You Think
December 27, 2014
Just download the Virtual Joey App and you are ready to stream DISH service right to that screen.New Innovations Let You Watch TV Anywhere You Go
December 8, 2014
The user is then transported into a 360-degree virtual world.Welcome to Oculus XXX: In-Your-Face 3D is the Future of Porn
October 18, 2014
In a virtual world, it revives the relevance of authenticity.We All Have a Rosebud in Our Pasts
October 15, 2014
He began to imagine what this future would be like, when everybody lived inside a virtual universe.American Dreams: Did William Gibson’s ‘Neuromancer’ Blueprint Our Reality?
October 5, 2014
He requires, too, the virtual abdication of our ruling house.The Destroyer
Burton Egbert Stevenson
Not since she had become the virtual creatrix of beauty, even the giver of life!Sacrifice
Stephen French Whitman
All the American press is not founded upon this system of virtual blackmail.As A Chinaman Saw Us
Some say the South, if defeated, will be held in virtual slavery by the North.Young Captain Jack
Horatio Alger and Arthur M. Winfield
This retreat was a virtual resignation of their towering hopes.Waverley
Sir Walter Scott
- having the essence or effect but not the appearance or form ofa virtual revolution
- physics being, relating to, or involving a virtual imagea virtual focus
- computing of or relating to virtual storagevirtual memory
- of or relating to a computer technique by which a person, wearing a headset or mask, has the experience of being in an environment created by the computer, and of interacting with and causing changes in it
- rare capable of producing an effect through inherent power or virtue
- physics designating or relating to a particle exchanged between other particles that are interacting by a field of forcea virtual photon See also exchange force
Word Origin and History for virtual
late 14c., "influencing by physical virtues or capabilities," from Medieval Latin virtualis, from Latin virtus "excellence, potency, efficacy," literally "manliness, manhood" (see virtue). The meaning of "being something in essence or fact, though not in name" is first recorded 1650s, probably via sense of "capable of producing a certain effect" (early 15c.). Computer sense of "not physically existing but made to appear by software" is attested from 1959.