Definitions for virtualˈvɜr tʃu əl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

vir•tu•alˈvɜr tʃu əl(adj.)

  1. being such in force or effect, though not actually or expressly such:

    reduced to virtual poverty.

  2. 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.

    Category: Optics

    Ref: (opposed to real 1 10 ).

  3. 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.

    Category: Computers

Origin of virtual:

1350–1400; ME < ML virtuālis= L virtu(s)virtue+-ālis -al1


Princeton's WordNet

  1. virtual(a), practical(a)(adj)

    being actually such in almost every respect

    "a practical failure"; "the once elegant temple lay in virtual ruin"

  2. virtual(a)(adj)

    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

  1. virtual(adjective)ˈvɜr tʃu əl

    done or experienced through a computer

    games that exist in virtual worlds; a virtual pet

  2. virtualˈvɜr tʃu əl

    very near to being a particular thing

    Polls show the candidates in a virtual tie.


  1. virtual(Noun)

    In C++, a virtual member function of a class.

  2. virtual(Adjective)

    In effect or essence, if not in fact or reality; imitated, simulated.

  3. virtual(Adjective)

    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.

  4. virtual(Adjective)

    Of something that is simulated in a computer or on-line.

    The virtual world of his computer game allowed character interaction.

  5. virtual(Adjective)

    In object-oriented programming, capable of being overridden with a different implementation in a subclass.

  6. virtual(Adjective)

    Related to technology.

    virtual communication

  7. Origin: From virtualis, from virtus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Virtual(adj)

    having the power of acting or of invisible efficacy without the agency of the material or sensible part; potential; energizing

  2. Virtual(adj)

    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

  1. virtual

    [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.

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