Definitions for virtualˈvɜr tʃu əl
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.
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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