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adjective virtual pronunciation in British English /ˈvɜː(r)tʃʊəl/
  1. 1
    almost the same as the thing that is mentioned
    The company had created a virtual monopoly.
    Business has come to a virtual standstill.
    Over the years they had become virtual strangers.
    The servants rarely leave the house and live like virtual prisoners.
  2. 2
    computing created by computers, or appearing on computers or the Internet
    Students would get their degrees from virtual universities.
    a virtual community
    a virtual pet


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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