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Princeton's WordNet

  1. virtual reality(noun)

    a hypothetical three-dimensional visual world created by a computer; user wears special goggles and fiber optic gloves etc., and can enter and move about in this world and interact with objects as if inside it


  1. virtual reality(Noun)

    A reality that is only based in the computer.

  2. Origin: From virtual and reality


  1. Virtual reality

    Virtual reality is a term that applies to computer-simulated environments that can simulate physical presence in places in the real world, as well as in imaginary worlds. Most current virtual reality environments are primarily visual experiences, displayed either on a computer screen or through special stereoscopic displays, but some simulations include additional sensory information, such as sound through speakers or headphones. Some advanced, haptic systems now include tactile information, generally known as force feedback, in medical and gaming applications. Furthermore, virtual reality covers remote communication environments which provide virtual presence of users with the concepts of telepresence and telexistence or a virtual artifact either through the use of standard input devices such as a keyboard and mouse, or through multimodal devices such as a wired glove, the Polhemus, and omnidirectional treadmills. The simulated environment can be similar to the real world in order to create a lifelike experience—for example, in simulations for pilot or combat training—or it can differ significantly from reality, such as in VR games. In practice, it is currently very difficult to create a high-fidelity virtual reality experience, due largely to technical limitations on processing power, image resolution, and communication bandwidth; however, the technology's proponents hope that such limitations will be overcome as processor, imaging, and data communication technologies become more powerful and cost-effective over time.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. virtual reality

    1. Computer simulations that use 3-D graphics and devices such as the Dataglove to allow the user to interact with the simulation. See cyberspace. 2. A form of network interaction incorporating aspects of role-playing games, interactive theater, improvisational comedy, and ‘true confessions’ magazines. In a virtual reality forum (such as Usenet's alt.callahans newsgroup or the MUD experiments on Internet), interaction between the participants is written like a shared novel complete with scenery, foreground characters that may be personae utterly unlike the people who write them, and common background characters manipulable by all parties. The one iron law is that you may not write irreversible changes to a character without the consent of the person who ‘owns’ it. Otherwise anything goes. See bamf, cyberspace, teledildonics.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of virtual reality in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of virtual reality in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. William Gibson:

    Virtual Reality is like mainlining television.

  2. Marshal Cohen:

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

  3. Neil Schneider:

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

  4. Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg:

    More than 100 virtual reality games and other experiences are coming this year.

  5. Erik Finman:

    It’s a way for people to learn through the web, your phone, in virtual reality and in person.

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