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vir·tu·al

 (vûr′cho͞o-əl)
adj.
1. Existing or resulting in essence or effect though not in actual fact, form, or name: the virtual extinction of the buffalo.
2. Existing in the mind, especially as a product of the imagination. Used in literary criticism of a text.
3. Computers Created, simulated, or carried on by means of a computer or computer network: virtual conversations in a chatroom.

[Middle English virtuall, effective, from Medieval Latin virtuālis, from Latin virtūs, excellence; see virtue.]

vir′tu·al′i·ty (-ăl′ĭ-tē) n.

virtual

(ˈvɜːtʃʊəl)
adj
1. having the essence or effect but not the appearance or form of: a virtual revolution.
2. (General Physics) physics being, relating to, or involving a virtual image: a virtual focus.
3. (Computer Science) computing of or relating to virtual storage: virtual memory.
4. (Computer Science) of or relating to a computer technique by which a person, wearing a headset or mask, has the experience of being in an environment created by the computer, and of interacting with and causing changes in it
5. rare capable of producing an effect through inherent power or virtue
6. (Atomic Physics) physics designating or relating to a particle exchanged between other particles that are interacting by a field of force: a virtual photon. See also exchange force
[C14: from Medieval Latin virtuālis effective, from Latin virtūs virtue]

vir•tu•al

(ˈvɜr tʃu əl)

adj.
1. being such in force or effect, though not actually or expressly such: reduced to virtual poverty.
2.
a. noting an optical image formed by the apparent convergence of rays geometrically, but not actually, prolonged, as the image formed by a mirror (opposed to real).
b. noting a focus of a system forming virtual images.
3.
a. temporarily simulated or extended by computer software: virtual memory on a hard disk.
b. of, existing on, or by means of computers: virtual discussions on the Internet.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin virtuālis= Latin virtu(s) virtue + -ālis -al1]
vir`tu•al′i•ty, n.

virtual

Using computers to simulate realistic environments, objects, or activity.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.virtual - being actually such in almost every respect; "a practical failure"; "the once elegant temple lay in virtual ruin"
realistic - aware or expressing awareness of things as they really are; "a realistic description"; "a realistic view of the possibilities"; "a realistic appraisal of our chances"; "the actors tried to create a realistic portrayal of the Africans"
2.virtual - existing in essence or effect though not in actual fact; "a virtual dependence on charity"; "a virtual revolution"; "virtual reality"
essential - basic and fundamental; "the essential feature"

virtual

adjective practical, near, essential, implied, indirect, implicit, tacit, near enough, unacknowledged, in all but name He was a virtual prisoner in his own home.

virtual

adjective
Involved in the essential nature of something but not shown or developed:
Translations
عَمَلي، فِعْليوَاقِعِيّ
виртуален
virtual
praktický
faktiskreelvirtuel
tosiasiallinen
stvaran
majdnem teljesvirtuális
実質上の
가상의
beveik visiškastariamoji tikrovėvirtualioji tikrovė
virtuals
skutočný
virtuell
โดยแท้จริง
gerçekteolasısanaluygulamada
thực sự

virtual

[ˈvɜːtjʊəl]
A. ADJreal, verdadero
he's the virtual star of the showen realidad or en la práctica, la estrella del espectáculo es él
it was a virtual defeat/failureen realidad fue una derrota/un fracaso
B. CPD virtual memory Nmemoria f virtual
virtual memory storage Nmemoria f virtual
virtual reality Nrealidad f virtual

virtual

[ˈvɜːruəl] adj
(= almost complete) [recluse, prisoner, stranger, collapse, monopoly] → quasi- inv
a virtual prisoner → un quasi-prisonnier
a virtual stranger → un quasi-étranger
it's a virtual impossibility → c'est une quasi-impossibilité
to bring sth to a virtual standstill → presque paralyser qch
the virtual leader → le leader virtuel
(COMPUTING) [world, sex, environment, shopping, tourist] → virtuel(le)

virtual

adj attr
certainty, impossibilityfast völlig; it led to the virtual collapse of the economyes führte dazu, dass die Wirtschaft so gut wie zusammenbrach; they have a virtual monopolysie haben so gut wie das Monopol; to come to a virtual halt or standstillso gut wie zum Erliegen kommen; she was a virtual prisoner/recluse/strangersie war so gut wie eine Gefangene/Einsiedlerin/Fremde; he is the virtual leaderer ist quasi der Führer, praktisch ist er der Führer; it was a virtual admission of guiltes war praktisch ein Schuldgeständnis; it was a virtual disasteres war geradezu eine Katastrophe; it was a virtual failurees war praktisch ein Misserfolg m
(Phys) → virtuell
(Comput) → virtuell; virtual address (Comput) → virtuelle Adresse; virtual sexvirtueller Sex

virtual

[ˈvɜːtjʊəl] adjeffettivo/a, vero/a (Comput, Phys) → virtuale
the virtual leader → il capo all'atto pratico
the strike led to the virtual closure of the dock → lo sciopero ha praticamente portato alla chiusura del porto
it was a virtual defeat → di fatto è stata una sconfitta
it's a virtual impossibility → è praticamente impossibile

virtual

(ˈveː(r)tʃuəl) adjective
almost (as described), though not exactly in every way. a virtual collapse of the economy.
ˌvirtual ˈreality noun
a computer system that creates an environment that looks real on the screen and in which the person operating the computer can take part.

virtual

وَاقِعِيّ praktický faktisk fast völlig εικονικός virtual tosiasiallinen virtuel stvaran virtuale 実質上の 가상의 virtueel virtuell wirtualny virtual фактический virtuell โดยแท้จริง sanal thực sự 虚拟的

virtual

a. virtual, de existencia aparente, no real.

virtual

adj virtual
References in classic literature ?
To love thou blam'st me not, for love thou saist Leads up to Heav'n, is both the way and guide; Bear with me then, if lawful what I ask; Love not the heav'nly Spirits, and how thir Love Express they, by looks onely, or do they mix Irradiance, virtual or immediate touch?
The result, except in the case of insanity, must for the most part be arbitrary; and insanity, without any formal or express provision, may be safely pronounced to be a virtual disqualification.
The penumbra, dense and dark, was the virtual screen of a figure which stood in it as still as some image erect in a niche or as some black-vizored sentinel guarding a treasure.
He had undergone some strange experiences in his absence; he had seen the virtual Faustina in the literal Cornelia, a spiritual Lucretia in a corporeal Phryne; he had thought of the woman taken and set in the midst as one deserving to be stoned, and of the wife of Uriah being made a queen; and he had asked himself why he had not judged Tess constructively rather than biographically, by the will rather than by the deed?
The Englishmen in Africa went even further, saying that these poor blacks were held in virtual slavery, since after their terms of enlistment expired their ignorance was imposed upon by their white officers, and they were told that they had yet several years to serve.
The virtual cessation of postal distribution and the collapse of all newspaper enterprise had left an immense and aching gap in the mental life of this time.
Though he had never regarded himself as other than an orthodox Christian, and would argue on prevenient grace if the subject were proposed to him, I think his virtual divinities were good practical schemes, accurate work, and the faithful completion of undertakings: his prince of darkness was a slack workman.
With these formalities was born the Clan Torn, which grew in a few years to number a thousand men, and which defied a king's army and helped to make Simon de Montfort virtual ruler of England.
Thus the summer of 1912 witnessed the virtual death-thrust to the middle class.
On the other hand, his usual method, the remarkable imaginative re-creation and vivifying of a host of minute details, makes of the fictitious 'Journal of the Plague Year' (1666) a piece of virtual history.
Transport him to large countries, dense population, complex interests and antagonist power, and you shall see that the man Napoleon, bounded that is by such a profile and outline, is not the virtual Napoleon.
Lawsuits brought against virtual schools have ended with victories for the defendants in Pennsylvania in 2003 and in Minnesota in 2005.