Updated: 04/30/2020 by Computer Hope
NASA employee using VR

Virtual describes an object without a physical presence or not what it appears to be. A good example of how virtual is used to describe something is virtual reality. With virtual reality, you can move around in a virtual world and interact with virtual objects and people in that world.


Something that is virtual is not physical or cannot by physically touched. However, special gloves and controllers help give you the sense of the object being touched.

What is the opposite of virtual?

Physical or the real-life is the opposite of virtual.

Examples of how "virtual" is used

The following list are examples of words containing "virtual" with links that describe each of the terms.

Video terms, Virtual reality