Definitions for virtualˈvɜr tʃu əl
This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word virtual
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"
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
Origin: [Cf. F. virtuel. See Virtue.]
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
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- virtualCatalan, Valencian
- fast, eigentlich, virtuellGerman
- näennäis-, virtuaalinen, näennäinenFinnish
- ווירטואלי, כביכול, כאילוHebrew
- 事実上, 仮想の, ほとんどJapanese
- dosłowny, wirtualny, rzeczywistyPolish
- виртуальный, будто бы, словноRussian
- віртуальний, як биUkrainian
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