adjective Etymology: Middle English, efficacious, potential, from Medieval Latin virtualis, from Latin virtus strength, virtue Date: 15th century 1. being such in essence or effect though not formally recognized or admitted <
a virtual dictator
2. of, relating to, or using virtual memory 3. of, relating to, or being a hypothetical particle whose existence is inferred from indirect evidence <
virtual photons
— compare real 3 4. being on or simulated on a computer or computer network <
print or virtual books
a virtual keyboard
: as a. occurring or existing primarily online <
a virtual library
virtual shopping
b. of, relating to, or existing within a virtual reality <
a virtual world
a virtual tour

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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