augmented reality

[ awg-men-tid ree-al-i-tee, awg-men-tid ]
/ ˈɔgˌmɛn tɪd riˈæl ɪ ti, ɔgˈmɛn tɪd /

noun

Digital Technology. Abbreviation: AR
  1. an enhanced image or environment as viewed on a screen or other display, produced by overlaying computer-generated images, sounds, or other data on a real-world environment.
  2. a system or technology used to produce such an enhanced environment: With augmented reality, tourists can see signs and other written words translated into English just by using their smartphone camera and this app.

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Origin of augmented reality

First recorded in 1980–85; patterned after virtual reality
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British Dictionary definitions for augmented reality

augmented reality

noun

an artificial environment created through the combination of real-world and computer-generated data

Word Origin for augmented reality

C20: based on virtual reality
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