- 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.
Origin of virtual
Examples from the Web for virtual
Amnesty International and Reporters Without Borders cannot be accessed without a virtual private network.
Just download the Virtual Joey App and you are ready to stream DISH service right to that screen.
The user is then transported into a 360-degree virtual world.Welcome to Oculus XXX: In-Your-Face 3D is the Future of Porn|Aurora Snow|October 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In a virtual world, it revives the relevance of authenticity.
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?|Nathaniel Rich|October 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A virtual prisoner, I marched between them, through the vast crowd that made way grudgingly to let us pass.
At the age of six the boy was sent to be educated at the court of Sten Sture, then the administrator and virtual king of Sweden.Historical Tales, Vol. 9 (of 15)|Charles Morris
Their virtual assertion of popular sovereignty was temporarily smothered by imported tyranny in the shape of Sir Edmund Andros.William Bradford of Plymouth|Albert Hale Plumb
Of which dedication the virtual significance to Sir Walter might be translated thus.The Crown of Wild Olive|John Ruskin
As opposed to art in its conventional form, virtual reality supports real-time interactions.The Civilization of Illiteracy|Mihai Nadin
British Dictionary definitions for virtual
Word Origin for virtual
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.