Adjective "virtual" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Almost or nearly as described, but not completely or according to strict definition.
  1. 'The aim for the US, says the head of US Customs, is to have a smarter border, a virtual border far afield from American shores.'
  2. 'The latest one-day action brought bus and underground services to a virtual halt in nearly 50 cities, with the exception of the capital Paris.'
  3. 'This trend is quite worrisome because, in the virtual absence of private investment, public sector spending is expected to be a major source of stimulus to the economy.'
  4. 'The high plinth of the temple is a virtual tapestry of sculpture, with bands of dancing figures, animals, vegetation and other objects coming to life on its surface.'
  5. 'Although he is a capable wicket-keeper and it enables the national side to play him as a virtual all rounder, his keeping has never quite reached the same high standard as his batting.'
  6. 'Later Mrs Marsh ran a bed and breakfast business but that ended years ago and they were described by residents as virtual recluses.'
  7. 'Eastern provinces near the Pakistan border have also become virtual no-go areas.'
  8. 'Newman understood church history as the recounting of all that is known about the progress of the kingdom of Christ on earth, a definition in virtual agreement with Schaff.'
  9. 'In some ways rather more disappointing was the virtual absence of alcohol from the tournament.'
  10. 'We are only just in the process of developing laws that may protect our closest evolutionary relatives, the other hominids, from virtual extinction.'
Not physically existing as such but made by software to appear to do so.
  1. 'Mark described how a virtual tour is particularly beneficial for hotels, B&Bs and attraction centres.'
  2. 'The software offers a virtual disk assignment that replaced more complex hardware-intensive reconfigurations.'
  3. 'The result is that the markets of these games have spilled out of their virtual borders and into the real world.'
  4. 'The Dutch town of Almere will host the world's first virtual city supercomputer or computer grid.'
  5. 'First, the judge ruled that a player has a claim of ownership to virtual property in computer game.'
  6. 'It describes a virtual world that challenges how we perceive the real world.'
  7. 'Eliminate any software that creates virtual disk volumes.'
  8. 'Meanwhile the virtualization engine maps the virtual devices to actual physical devices.'
  9. 'I've learned that I don't have the patience to minister to something that beeps every three minutes and those damn virtual pets are nearly impossible to kill.'
  10. 'If things go right and you decide to meet your virtual lover, here are some tips on how to maintain your safety when arranging face-to-face meetings.'
  11. 'a virtual library'
  12. 'The technology of virtual education can revise or remake the limits, which are given us by our histories and by nature.'
  13. 'There is a major need for expert mediated virtual libraries (VLs) of well-selected and described links to scholarly and educational resources.'
  14. 'One museum Web site featured a virtual tour of the museum's physical galleries.'
Relating to the points at which rays would meet if produced backwards.
    Relating to or denoting infinitesimal displacements of a point in a system.
      Denoting particles or interactions with extremely short lifetimes and (owing to the uncertainty principle) indefinitely great energies, postulated as intermediates in some processes.
      1. 'The resulting electric field would create a plasma of electrons and positrons from among the virtual particles surrounding the star.'
      2. 'We look for virtual photons, those never-seen particles of force and energy, for an explanation.'


      1. being such in power, force, or effect, though not actually or expressly such: a virtual dependence on charity.

      2. Optics. noting an image formed by the apparent convergence of rays geometrically, but not actually, prolonged, as the image formed by a mirror (opposed to real). noting a focus of a system forming virtual images.

      3. temporarily simulated or extended by computer software: a virtual disk in RAM; virtual memory on a hard disk.

      More examples(as adjective)

      "standstills can be virtual."

      "monopolies can be virtual."

      "realities can be virtual."

      "pets can be virtual."

      "halts can be virtual."

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      Late Middle English (also in the sense ‘possessing certain virtues’): from medieval Latin virtualis, from Latin virtus ‘virtue’, suggested by late Latin virtuosus.