virtual

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English[edit]

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From Middle English vertual, virtual, from Medieval Latin virtuālis, from virtus (virtue).

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virtual (not comparable)

  1. 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.
    • c. 1869, William Fleming, Vocabulary of Philosophy: Moral, Ethical, Metaphysical
      A thing has a virtual existence when it has all the conditions necessary to its actual existence.
    • 1840, Thomas De Quincey, Style (published in Blackwood's Magazine)
      to mask by slight differences in the manner a virtual identity in the substance
  2. Having the power of acting or of invisible efficacy without the agency of the material or measurable part; potential.
  3. Nearly, almost. (A relatively recent development in meaning)
    The angry peasants were a virtual army as they attacked the castle.
    • 2012, Chelsea 6-0 Wolves [1]
      The Chelsea captain was a virtual spectator as he was treated to his side's biggest win for almost two years as Stamford Bridge serenaded him with chants of "there's only one England captain," some 48 hours after he announced his retirement from international football.
  4. Simulated in a computer or online.
    The virtual world of his computer game allowed character interaction.
  5. Operating by computer or in cyberspace; not physically present.
    a virtual assistant; a virtual personal trainer
  6. (computing, object-oriented programming, of a class member) Capable of being overridden with a different implementation in a subclass.
  7. (physics) Pertaining to particles in temporary existence due to the Heisenberg uncertainty principle.

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Noun[edit]

virtual (plural virtuals)

  1. (computing, programming) A virtual member function of a class.

Catalan[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Medieval Latin virtuālis.

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virtual (masculine and feminine plural virtuals)

  1. virtual

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Middle English[edit]

Adjective[edit]

virtual

  1. Alternative form of vertual

Piedmontese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Medieval Latin virtuālis.

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virtual

  1. virtual

Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Medieval Latin virtuālis.

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virtual m or f (plural virtuais, comparable)

  1. virtual (in effect or essence, not in fact or reality)
  2. virtual (simulated in a computer)

Further reading[edit]

  • virtual in Dicionário Aberto based on Novo Diccionário da Língua Portuguesa de Cândido de Figueiredo, 1913

Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Medieval Latin virtuālis.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /birˈtwal/, [birˈt̪wal]
  • Hyphenation: vir‧tual

Adjective[edit]

virtual (plural virtuales)

  1. virtual

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