- An example of virtual is an imaginary friend.
- An example of virtual is a world created by a computer video game.
- being such practically or in effect, although not in actual fact or name: a virtual impossibility
- designating or of a kind of memory (sense 8b) that makes use of disk space to supplement main memory while large programs are being executed
- of, pertaining to, or taking place in cyberspace or in virtual reality: virtual shopping
Origin of virtualMiddle English vertual from Medieval Latin virtualis from Classical Latin virtus, strength, virtue
- Existing or resulting in essence or effect though not in actual fact, form, or name: the virtual extinction of the buffalo.
- Existing in the mind, especially as a product of the imagination. Used in literary criticism of a text.
- Computers a. Existing as or by means of digital media: a virtual classroom.b. Relating to or existing in virtual reality: a virtual encounter in a chatroom.c. Emulating the function of another system or device.
Origin of virtualMiddle English virtuall effective from Medieval Latin virtuālis from Latin virtūs excellence ; see virtue .
- In effect or essence, if not in fact or reality; imitated, simulated.
- In fact a defeat on the battlefield, Tet was a virtual victory for the North, owing to its effect on public opinion.
- Virtual addressing allows applications to believe that there is much more physical memory than actually exists.
- 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.
- Simulated in a computer or online.
- The virtual world of his computer game allowed character interaction.
- (computing, object-oriented programming, of a class member) In object-oriented programming, capable of being overridden with a different implementation in a subclass.
- (physics) Pertaining to particles in temporary existence due to the Heisenberg uncertainty principle.
- (computing) In C++, a virtual member function of a class.
From Latin virtuÄlis, from virtus (“virtue").
virtual - Computer Definition
Being in essence or effect, although not in reality. A virtual circuit, for example, is not a physical circuit, but behaves as though it were, at least in some respects.Virtual is virtually the opposite of transparent, as something transparent exists but appears almost as though it does not. See also transparent, virtual Centrex, virtual circuit, virtual path, virtual WATS, and VPN.
A condition without boundaries or constraints. Virtual is often used to define a feature or state that is simulated in some manner. It Started with Virtual Memory One of the first virtual terms was "virtual memory," in which the contents of memory is saved to disk and swapped back and forth as needed. Common on every modern computing device, the memory is simulated on disk (see virtual memory). The Virtualized Datacenter A "virtual machine" is a computer within a computer. The heart of cloud computing technology, the virtual machine is an operating system that communicates with a control program and not the hardware directly. The hardware is being simulated or "virtualized" (see virtual machine). See cloud computing. An Overused and Abused Term Having a high-tech ring, the word virtual may refer to "virtually" anything (see list below). It is sometimes used as a substitute for the words "computerized," "electronic," "Internet" or "online." It has also been used to mean "not physical," for example, "the company's product will be virtual for another year."