- 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 virtuality
In virtuality, the sequentiality of written language is overwritten by the very configurational nature of the context.
Virtuality is actually the generic reality of all and any design practical experience.
Nature is the virtuality of mind, the soul the fruit of life, and liberty the flower of necessity.Amiel's Journal|Henri-Frdric Amiel
From among the very many designs in a state of virtuality, only a small number will become real.
British Dictionary definitions for virtuality (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for virtuality (2 of 2)
Word Origin for virtual
Word Origin and History for virtuality
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.