One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1as submodifier Nearly; almost.‘the college became virtually bankrupt’‘virtually all those arrested were accused’
in effect, effectively, all but, more or less, practically, almost, nearly, close to, approaching, not far from, nearing, verging on, bordering on, well nigh, nigh on, just about, as good as, essentially, in essence, in practical terms, for all practical purposes, to all intents and purposes, in all but name, as near as dammitView synonyms
- ‘This is virtually a derby game between two teams that have shown good form this season.’
- ‘We knew that, if our daughter survived, she would lead a virtually normal life.’
- ‘In other words, unless a thief is stealing it for personal use, it would be virtually worthless.’
- ‘They headed out before the nightclub closed, which was virtually a first for Mac.’
- ‘It is virtually impossible to find anyone close to him who thinks Sellers was happy.’
- ‘With virtually no spare money, exciting holidays had been out of the question.’
- ‘The building was virtually destroyed in the blaze, which broke out late on Saturday night.’
- ‘There's been virtually no enforcement of the bus lanes since they were introduced a few years ago.’
- ‘The conservation area in Keighley town centre is set to be virtually doubled.’
- ‘Malton has virtually completed all the work necessary, both in the cattle shed and the sheep shed.’
- ‘Detox diets are quite popular now, where you virtually fast for a week to get rid of all the toxins in your body.’
- ‘You'll need a car to get around Idaho as public transport is virtually non-existent.’
- ‘His act has consisted of virtually nothing else throughout his entire career.’
- ‘They spend most of their waking hours caring for them and are often woken at night, but get virtually no help.’
- ‘Olive had found the meadow quite charming and had virtually claimed it as her own.’
- ‘Outside, everything was as damp and dreary as virtually every day of this sopping wet month has been.’
- ‘Salford, on the other had, accepted virtually every opportunity that came their way.’
- ‘It called again about quarter of an hour later from virtually the same spot above my head.’
- ‘In practice this decision made virtually no difference to the final cut off points.’
- ‘Now when a conversation like this starts in the post office it tend to be taken up by virtually everyone in the Dale.’
2By means of virtual reality techniques.
- ‘On the other, the community is only virtually there, and disappears with the flick of a button.’
- 2.1 By means of a computer; computationally.
- ‘Pretty much any control button found on a handheld console can be imitated virtually on screen.’
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