Definition of virtual adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈvɜːtʃuəl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈvɜːrtʃuəl//
    [only before noun] Computer software
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  1. 1almost or very nearly the thing described, so that any slight difference is not important The country was sliding into a state of virtual civil war. The company has a virtual monopoly in this area of trade. He married a virtual stranger.
  2. 2 made to appear to exist by the use of computer software, for example on the Internet New technology has enabled development of an online ‘virtual library’. See related entries: Computer software
  3. Word Originlate Middle English (also in the sense ‘possessing certain virtues’): from medieval Latin virtualis, from Latin virtus ‘virtue’, suggested by late Latin virtuosus.Extra examples The technology has enabled development of an online virtual library. Version 2 of the software includes virtual memory. Virtual reality uses computers to create a simulated three-dimensional world.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: virtual