to almost be something; or to effectively be something without entirely being it in a traditional sense
They had had virtually no contact during this summer or last, as Harry had come back to Privet Drive so briefly and kept to his room so much.
"We — we thought we heard —" began Mr. Weasley, looking thoroughly alarmed at the sight of Harry and the Minister virtually nose to nose.
"The coup has been smooth and virtually silent," said Lupin.
Opportunities to make plans together became virtually nonexistent, and it was in desperation that Harry, Ron and Hermione took to volunteering to feed the chickens just to escape the overcrowded house.
Dumbledore had left him with virtually nothing.
The darkness deepened with the passing hours until it was virtually im-penetrable.
If only they could rescue her, but dementors in those numbers would be virtually unassailable.
"I virtually lived in the Room of Hidden Things all last year," said Malfoy, his voice brittle.
There are no more uses of "virtual" identified with this meaning in the book.
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We call ourselves a virtual organization because we have no headquarters and no employees. But we are comprised of six key people who cooperate and assemble resources as needed to complete our projects.
I qualified for the tournament, but have virtually no chance of winning.