What does virtual mean?

Definitions for virtualˈvɜr tʃu əl

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word virtual.

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"


  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

  3. Origin: [Cf. F. virtuel. See Virtue.]

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.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of virtual in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of virtual in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Bernie Sanders:

    We are in a virtual tie.

  2. William Gibson:

    Virtual Reality is like mainlining television.

  3. Marshal Cohen:

    Retail does have to change, and virtual reality is a big part of it.

  4. Vahid Takro:

    Virtual love is like a sweet and delicious cake behind the showcase.

  5. Neil Schneider:

    It's not surprising they would take the angle of adding virtual reality.

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