Virtually vs. Virtual

Virtually vs. Virtual — Is There a Difference?
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Difference Between Virtually and Virtual

Virtuallyadverb

In fact or to all purposes; practically

The city was virtually paralyzed by the transit strike.

Virtualadjective

Existing or resulting in essence or effect though not in actual fact, form, or name

the virtual extinction of the buffalo.

Virtuallyadverb

Almost but not quite; nearly

"Virtually everyone gets a headache now and then" (People).

Virtualadjective

Existing in the mind, especially as a product of the imagination. Used in literary criticism of a text.

Virtuallyadverb

Almost but not quite.

Virtualadjective

Existing as or by means of digital media

a virtual classroom.
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Virtuallyadverb

Without exaggeration.

Virtualadjective

Relating to or existing in virtual reality

a virtual encounter in a chatroom.

Virtuallyadverb

In essence, but not in fact.

Virtualadjective

Emulating the function of another system or device.

Virtuallyadverb

(algebra) Of a substructure of finite index.

virtually indicable

Virtualadjective

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.
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Virtuallyadverb

(topology) Of a covering space of finite index.

virtually Haken

Virtualadjective

Having the power of acting or of invisible efficacy without the agency of the material or measurable part; potential.

Virtuallyadverb

(intensifier before a figurative expression) without exaggeration;

our eyes were literally pinned to TV during the Gulf war

Virtualadjective

Nearly, almost. (A relatively recent development in meaning)

The angry peasants were a virtual army as they attacked the castle.

Virtuallyadverb

in essence or effect but not in fact;

the strike virtually paralyzed the cityI'm virtually broke

Virtualadjective

Simulated in a computer or online.

The virtual world of his computer game allowed character interaction.

Virtuallyadverb

(of actions or states) slightly short of or not quite accomplished; `near' is sometimes used informally for `nearly' and `most' is sometimes used informally for `almost';

the job is (just) about donethe baby was almost asleep when the alarm soundedwe're almost finishedthe car all but ran her downhe nearly faintedtalked for nigh onto 2 hoursthe recording is well-nigh perfectvirtually all the parties signed the contractI was near exhausted by the runmost everyone agrees

Virtualadjective

Operating by computer or in cyberspace; not physically present.

a virtual assistant; a virtual personal trainer

Virtualadjective

Capable of being overridden with a different implementation in a subclass.

Virtualadjective

(physics) Pertaining to particles in temporary existence due to the Heisenberg uncertainty principle.

Virtualnoun

A virtual member function of a class.

Virtualadjective

being actually such in almost every respect;

a practical failurethe once elegant temple lay in virtual ruin

Virtualadjective

being such in essence or effect though not in actual fact;

a virtual dependence on charitya virtual revolutionvirtual reality