virtual

[ vur-choo-uh l ]SEE DEFINITION OF virtual
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He requires, too, the virtual abdication of our ruling house.

Not since she had become the virtual creatrix of beauty, even the giver of life!

All the American press is not founded upon this system of virtual blackmail.

Some say the South, if defeated, will be held in virtual slavery by the North.

This retreat was a virtual resignation of their towering hopes.

A new act was passed, which was a virtual surrender of every point in dispute.

Soon we will swim in the pools and ski on the slopes of virtual reality.

We shall refer to virtual images at greater length presently.

Of course, it was a virtual relief, as explained in that way.

In many cases the virtual answer will be, "Oh, I don't recollect that."

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., "influencing by physical virtues or capabilities," from Medieval Latin virtualis, from Latin virtus "excellence, potency, efficacy," literally "manliness, manhood" (see virtue). The meaning of "being something in essence or fact, though not in name" is first recorded 1650s, probably via sense of "capable of producing a certain effect" (early 15c.). Computer sense of "not physically existing but made to appear by software" is attested from 1959.

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cyber

adjectiverelating to computers and computer networks
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