Definitions for virtualˈvɜr tʃu əl
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
vir•tu•alˈvɜr tʃu əl(adj.)
being such in force or effect, though not actually or expressly such:
reduced to virtual poverty.
noting an optical image formed by the apparent convergence of rays geometrically, but not actually, prolonged, as the image formed by a mirror noting a focus of a system forming virtual images.
Ref: (opposed to real 1 10 ).
temporarily simulated or extended by computer software: of, existing on, or by means of computers:
virtual memory on a hard disk.
virtual discussions on the Internet.
Origin of virtual:
1350–1400; ME < ML virtuālis= L virtu(s)virtue+-ālis -al1
being actually such in almost every respect
"a practical failure"; "the once elegant temple lay in virtual ruin"
existing in essence or effect though not in actual fact
"a virtual dependence on charity"; "a virtual revolution"; "virtual reality"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
virtual(adjective)ˈvɜr tʃu əl
done or experienced through a computer
games that exist in virtual worlds; a virtual pet
virtualˈvɜr tʃu əl
very near to being a particular thing
Polls show the candidates in a virtual tie.
In C++, a virtual member function of a class.
In effect or essence, if not in fact or reality; imitated, simulated.
Nearly, almost. (A relatively recent corruption of meaning, attributed to misuse in advertising and media.)
The angry peasants were a virtual army as they attacked the castle.
Of something that is simulated in a computer or on-line.
The virtual world of his computer game allowed character interaction.
In object-oriented programming, capable of being overridden with a different implementation in a subclass.
Related to technology.
Origin: From virtualis, from virtus.
having the power of acting or of invisible efficacy without the agency of the material or sensible part; potential; energizing
being in essence or effect, not in fact; as, the virtual presence of a man in his agent or substitute
The New Hacker's Dictionary
[via the technical term virtual memory, prob.: from the term virtual image in optics] 1. Common alternative to logical; often used to refer to the artificial objects (like addressable virtual memory larger than physical memory) simulated by a computer system as a convenient way to manage access to shared resources. 2. Simulated; performing the functions of something that isn't really there. An imaginative child's doll may be a virtual playmate. Oppose real.
The term virtual is a concept applied in many fields with somewhat differing connotations, and also, differing denotations. Colloquially, virtual is used to mean almost, particularly when used in the adverbial form e.g. "That's virtually [almost] impossible". By extension to the original philosophical definition, the term virtual has also come to mean "modeling through the use of a computer", where the computer models a physical equivalent. Thus, a virtual world models the real world with 3D structures and virtual reality seeks to model reality, enhancing a virtual world with mechanisms for eye and hand movements. The word 'virtual' now modifies numerous nouns for real world concepts: virtual appliance, virtual museum, virtual learning environment, virtual studio, and so on. All virtual creations presuppose a basic imitation of reality. Virtual worlds are considered not to be “real” in the concrete sense. A virtual world, for example, does concretely exist as a series of electronic impulses on at least one piece of hardware. So when we refer to something as “virtual”, it may be more helpful to think of the idea in terms of tangibility: we conceptualize that which we cannot physically alter or experience as “virtual”. A virtuality, then, can be conceptualized alternatively as “a physical equivalent or model which resists tangibility"—in other words, [a physical equivalent or model] which resists touch.
Translations for virtual
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
almost (as described), though not exactly in every way
a virtual collapse of the economy.
- feitlik, wesenlikAfrikaans
- عَمَلي، فِعْليArabic
- virtualPortuguese (BR)
- quasi-total(e); virtuel/-elleFrench
- בְּפוֹעַל, לְמַעֲשֶהHebrew
- लगभग वास्तव में नहींHindi
- praktički, zbiljskiCroatian
- majdnem teljesHungarian
- (명목상으로는 그렇지 않으나) 실질상의Korean
- beveik visiškasLithuanian
- nesten, så å siNorwegian
- اصلي، رښتيانو، واقعي، حقيقي، معنويPashto
- skutočný; možnýSlovak
- verklig, faktisk, egentligSwedish
- uygulamada, gerçekte, olasıTurkish
- 幾乎(如所說的)Chinese (Trad.)
- фактичний; дійснийUkrainian
- حقيقي جيسا، تقريباًUrdu
- thực sựVietnamese
- 几乎…的，事实上的Chinese (Simp.)
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