to almost be something; or to effectively be something without entirely being it in a traditional sense
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.
The once elegant temple lay in virtual ruin.
Gliders are virtually soundless.
James Patterson -- School’s Out - Forever
As a result, in many hopeless battles, virtually every Japanese soldier fought to the death.
Laura Hillenbrand -- Unbroken
It’s true of virtually all industrial accidents.
Malcolm Gladwell -- Outliers
surrounded by a virtual cloud of small fish
Gary Paulsen -- Hatchet
A junkie lay there, virtually indistinguishable from every other homeless person in New York.
Alex Flinn -- Beastly
Ignorance, disease, poverty and fear had virtually ceased to exist.
Arthur C. Clarke -- Childhood’s End
to do this would be virtually to reveal to him what had happened,
Edward E. Hale -- The Man Without a Country
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I can grow back virtually any part of my body. Except my head.
Darren Shan -- A Vampire’s Assistant
For him it was a cause of virtually religious proportions.
Alexs Pate -- Amistad
Sweating profusely day and night, training in the sun, unable to sleep in stifling hotel rooms and YMCAs, lacking any appetite, virtually every athlete lost a huge amount of weight.
Laura Hillenbrand -- Unbroken
It has a dry, clear and virtually smog-free climate that helps minimize corrosion.
Neal Shusterman -- Unwind
Bella was glad that the streets were virtually empty, that everyone else had been driven away by the snow.
Margaret Peterson Haddix -- Uprising
But surprising no one more than her, Wake Forest had come through with a scholarship that covered tuition, and in August Sophia had boarded the bus in New Jersey, bound for a virtually unknown destination where she’d spend much of the next four years.
Nicholas Sparks -- The Longest Ride
They had access to virtually every movie and television show extant, and spent five minutes noting different things they could see, then thinking of something else that was like it but better.
Dave Eggers -- The Circle
Our own intelligence service ISI had virtually created the Taliban.
Malala Yousafzai -- I Am Malala
But despite, or because of, the fact that we lived in the closest of quarters, I knew virtually nothing about her—just that she was from Jamaica and that she had two children, a daughter and a young son.
Piper Kerman -- Orange Is the New Black
The practice of striking all or almost all African American potential jurors continued virtually unchanged after the Court’s ruling.
Bryan Stevenson -- Just Mercy
The guards shake their heads at virtually everyone who requests entry.
Susan Ee -- Angelfall
"You see, manipulating bioelectricity comes so natural to Lunars that it’s virtually impossible to refrain from using it, especially at such a young age.
Marissa Meyer -- Cinder
But the block-long pile of death and destruction providentially spared the 48 children asleep in the Janet Home, virtually next door to the ill-fated apartment house.
Judy Blume -- In the Unlikely Event
After passing through the minds of children, the messages become virtually undetectable.
Trenton Lee Stewart -- The Mysterious Benedict Society
Nonetheless, they were extremely difficult jobs, often marked by eighty-hour workweeks, low salary and virtually no job security.
Christopher Paul Curtis -- Bud, Not Buddy
For six years after this, virtually all building ceased in Chicago.
Jim Murphy -- The Great Fire
The Rangers are gung-ho, small-unit specialists who pride themselves on being able to fight in virtually any environment on a moment’s notice.
Scott Pratt -- An Innocent Client
In truth, though she hasn’t admitted it out loud until now, Molly has virtually given up on the idea of disposing of anything.
Christina Baker Kline -- Orphan Train
There were works of art, clothing, and equipment donated from virtually every surf shop on the island, and they filled table after table in the vast hall.
Bethany Hamilton -- Soul Surfer
We hunted and killed and though I think now that it is wrong to hunt and kill, at the time I did not think this and I spent virtually all my time hunting.
Gary Paulsen -- Woodsong
His voice, virtually unused throughout his workday, seemed strange to him, as though someone else were talking.
David Baldacci -- Zero Day
He slides his finger across it and the page virtually turns and I’m staring at chapter one.
Colleen Hoover -- Hopeless
My life outside of school has become virtually unrecognizable, but almost nothing between the hours of 7:15 and 2:45 has changed.
Katja Millay -- The Sea of Tranquility
This compares with 66 and 40 percent in these two categories for Confederate soldiers—virtually identical with the Union percentages.
James M. McPherson -- What They Fought For - 1861-1865
The slaves had swamped the masters; the Arabian race of the master had virtually disappeared.
V.S. Naipaul -- A Bend in the River
He was only 60, an age I have begun desperately to perceive as being virtually in life’s springtide.
William Styron -- Sophie’s Choice
And since I was now known to virtually every MacKenzie between Leoch and the Border, thanks to my doctoring at the games, I would not be able to ask directions.
Diana Gabaldon -- Outlander
He and his peers did not know they were making decisions that would leave them, leave Alan, as he now was — virtually broke, nearly unemployed, the proprietor of a one-man consulting firm run out of his home office.
Dave Eggers -- A Hologram for the King
He was, I saw, pointing over at a dusty rectangle of board, virtually invisible in the broken beams and rubbish, smaller than my laptop computer at home.
Donna Tartt -- The Goldfinch
Without the cash, I’m told it’s virtually bankrupt.
James Patterson -- 1st to Die
Music blared from virtually every stall.
Khaled Hosseini -- And The Mountains Echoed
Their abilities are virtually identical with. the Wiggin.
Orson Scott Card -- Ender’s Game
It’s a little scary because his appearance has been virtually unchanged during all that time.
Suzanne Collins -- The Hunger Games
Which is to say virtually no security at all.
Tim O’Brien -- The Things They Carried
I virtually dropped out of high school after he died, failing even’ class.
James McBride -- The Color of Water
Of course, she’d tell me not to talk back and virtually ignore me for two days.
Anne Frank -- The Diary of a Young Girl
Jeod’s business has been virtually destroyed since you left him, as have those of other merchants who support us.
Christopher Paolini -- Eragon
Olympus was virtually undefended.
Rick Riordan -- The Last Olympian
He built (and excavated) Brandy Hall, changed his name to Brandybuck, and settled down to become master of what was virtually a small independent country.
J.R.R. Tolkien -- The Fellowship of the Ring
Now that the danger was virtually past, it appeared the gratitude was fading.