Meaning of VIRTUAL in English

/ ˈvɜːtʃuəl; NAmE ˈvɜːrtʃ-/ adjective [ only before noun ]


almost 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.


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'.



late Middle English (also in the sense possessing certain virtues ): from medieval Latin virtualis , from Latin virtus virtue, suggested by late Latin virtuosus .

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.