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Actual vs. Virtual

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Actualadjective

relating to a person's acts or deeds; active, practical

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.’;

Actualadjective

Existing in reality, not just potentially; really acted or acting; occurring in fact.

‘the actual cost of goods;’; ‘the actual case under discussion’; ‘The actual government expenses dramatically exceed the budget.’;

Virtualadjective

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

Actualadjective

in action at the time being; now existing; current

Virtualadjective

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

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

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Actualadjective

Used as intensifier to emphasise a following noun; exact, very.

Virtualadjective

Simulated in a computer or online.

‘The virtual world of his computer game allowed character interaction.’;

Actualnoun

an actual, real one; notably:

Virtualadjective

Operating by computer or in cyberspace; not physically present.

‘a virtual assistant; a virtual personal trainer’;

Actualnoun

(finance) something actually received; real receipts, as distinct from estimated ones.

Virtualadjective

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

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Actualnoun

(military) a radio callsign modifier that specifies the commanding officer of the unit or asset denoted by the remainder of the callsign and not the officer's assistant or other designee.

‘Bravo Six Actual, this is Charlie One. Come in, over. (The radio operator is requesting to speak to the commander of the unit under the call sign "Bravo Six.")’;

Virtualadjective

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

Actualadjective

Involving or comprising action; active.

‘Her walking and other actual performances.’; ‘Let your holy and pious intention be actual; that is . . . by a special prayer or action, . . . given to God.’;

Virtualnoun

A virtual member function of a class.

Actualadjective

Existing in act or reality; really acted or acting; in fact; real; - opposed to potential, possible, virtual, speculative, conceivable, theoretical, or nominal; as, the actual cost of goods; the actual case under discussion.

Virtualadjective

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

‘Heat and cold have a virtual transition, without communication of substance.’; ‘Every kind that lives,Fomented by his virtual power, and warmed.’;

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Actualadjective

In action at the time being; now exiting; present; as the actual situation of the country.

Virtualadjective

Being in essence or effect, not in fact; as, the virtual presence of a man in his agent or substitute.

‘A thing has a virtual existence when it has all the conditions necessary to its actual existence.’; ‘To mask by slight differences in the manners a virtual identity in the substance.’;

Actualnoun

Something actually received; real, as distinct from estimated, receipts.

‘The accounts of revenues supplied . . . were not real receipts: not, in financial language, "actuals," but only Egyptian budget estimates.’;

Virtualadjective

being actually such in almost every respect;

‘a practical failure’; ‘the once elegant temple lay in virtual ruin’;

Actualadjective

presently existing in fact and not merely potential or possible;

‘the predicted temperature and the actual temperature were markedly different’; ‘actual and imagined conditions’;

Virtualadjective

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

‘a virtual dependence on charity’; ‘a virtual revolution’; ‘virtual reality’;

Actualadjective

taking place in reality; not pretended or imitated;

‘we saw the actual wedding on television’; ‘filmed the actual beating’;

Actualadjective

being or reflecting the essential or genuine character of something;

‘her actual motive’; ‘a literal solitude like a desert’; ‘a genuine dilemma’;

Actualadjective

of the nature of fact; having actual existence;

‘rocks and trees...the actual world’; ‘actual heroism’; ‘the actual things that produced the emotion you experienced’;

Actualadjective

existing in fact whether with lawful authority or not;

‘de facto segregation is as real as segration imposed by law’; ‘a de facto state of war’;

Actualadjective

being or existing at the present moment;

‘the ship's actual position is 22 miles due south of Key West’;

Actualadjective

existing in fact; real

‘the estimate was much less than the actual cost’;

Actualadjective

used to emphasize the important aspect of something

‘the book could be condensed into half the space, but what of the actual content?’;

Actualadjective

existing now; current

‘using actual income to measure expected income’;

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