- in effect though not in fact; practically; nearly
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- for the most part;
just about:He is virtually unknown.
- 1400–50; late Middle English; see virtual, -ly
- being (the noun stated) in force or effect, though not actually or expressly such:[before a noun]They were reduced to virtual poverty.
- Computingtemporarily simulated or extended by computer software:virtual memory on a hard disk.
- being such in power, force, or effect, though not actually or expressly such:a virtual dependence on charity.
- Opticsnoting an image formed by the apparent convergence of rays geometrically, but not actually, prolonged, as the image formed by a mirror (opposed to real).
- Opticsnoting a focus of a system forming virtual images.
- Computingtemporarily simulated or extended by computer software:a virtual disk in RAM; virtual memory on a hard disk.
- Medieval Latin virtuālis, equivalent. to Latin virtu(s) virtue + -ālis -al1
- Middle English 1350–1400