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  • I qualified for the tournament but have virtually no chance of winning.
    virtually = almost
  • We can't accept that from a virtual stranger.   (source)
    virtual = almost a
  • Virtually every POW believed that the destruction of this city had saved them from execution.   (source)
    virtually = almost
  • During that time he had lost seventeen percent of his body weight. He later gained back six percent, but had virtually no body fat, his body had consumed all extra weight and he would remain lean and wiry for several years.   (source)
    virtually = to almost be so, but not so strictly speaking
  • Probably because I couldn't bear the idea that the girl with whom I was virtually smitten might actually be some middle-aged dude named Chuck, with back hair and male-pattern baldness.   (source)
  • Virtually every success story we've seen in this book so far involves someone or some group working harder than their peers.   (source)
    virtually = almost
  • The gun was super-easy to handle, and was virtually interchangeable with the M-4, which, though not a sniper weapon, is still a valuable combat tool.   (source)
    virtually = almost completely
  • A hypercard can carry a virtually infinite amount of information.   (source)
    virtually = almost
  • WHEN SAEED AND NADIA finally had coffee together in the cafeteria, which happened the following week, after the very next session of their class, Saeed asked her about her conservative and virtually all-concealing black robe.   (source)
    virtually = almost completely
  • A junkie lay there, virtually indistinguishable from every other homeless person in New York.   (source)
    virtually = to almost be so, but not so strictly speaking
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  • I can grow back virtually any part of my body. Except my head.   (source)
  • For him it was a cause of virtually religious proportions.   (source)
  • Ignorance, disease, poverty and fear had virtually ceased to exist.   (source)
  • to do this would be virtually to reveal to him what had happened,   (source)
    virtually = to almost be so, but not so strictly speaking (since it would be done indirectly)
  • Our own intelligence service ISI had virtually created the Taliban.†   (source)
  • It's a little scary because his appearance has been virtually unchanged during all that time.†   (source)
  • It has a dry, clear and virtually smog-free climate that helps minimize corrosion.†   (source)
  • Virtually no subcutaneous fat remained on the body, and the muscles had withered significantly in the days or weeks prior to death.†   (source)
  • There were several accidents, and one death — a boy who couldn't have been more than sixteen fell under the wheels and was virtually cut in two.†   (source)
  • He had virtually never cried as an infant.†   (source)
  • Brother-in-law No. 1, whom Francois had known since the age of seven, declined to come, stating that, having been virtually disinherited by his in-laws, he could not possibly attend.†   (source)
  • First, the Count observed that when the guests appeared at the dinner, virtually all were surprised by the venue.†   (source)
  • Virtually no one will go to college out of state.†   (source)
  • FOR SEVERAL WEEKS LALE, ALONG WITH ALL THE OTHER PRISoners, sits around doing virtually nothing.†   (source)
  • The extra surveillance wiring in the walls made it virtually impossible to get a carrier unless you stepped out into the hall.†   (source)
  • The practice of striking all or almost all African American potential jurors continued virtually unchanged after the Court's ruling.†   (source)
  • Contact Fred and George Weasley, Gryffindor common room, for simple, part-time, virtually painless jobs.†   (source)
  • After passing through the minds of children, the messages become virtually undetectable.†   (source)
  • Chablis stood, virtually nude.†   (source)
  • There was virtually no position I could find for the armadillo that did not make the creature resemble a supplicant—not to mention, a wretched amputee.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • Her cousins' coloring was too vivid—virtually fluorescent!†   (source)
  • When the generals came upon him, he was ripping the fleur-de-lis badge off his guardsman coat, and they watched as he put his coat on inside out and rubbed handfuls of dirt over himself until it became virtually impossible to tell that he wore a guardsman's uniform.†   (source)
  • Nonetheless, they were extremely difficult jobs, often marked by eighty-hour workweeks, low salary and virtually no job security.†   (source)
  • In truth, though she hasn't admitted it out loud until now, Molly has virtually given up on the idea of disposing of anything.†   (source)
  • "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.†   (source)
  • Very very few people realize that the President and the Government have virtually no power at all, and of these few people only six know whence ultimate political power is wielded.†   (source)
  • Of course, she'd tell me not to talk back and virtually ignore me for two days.†   (source)
  • Their abilities are virtually identical with--the Wiggin.†   (source)
  • He slides his finger across it and the page virtually turns and I'm staring at chapter one.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • He was virtually blind with his back to the only exit.†   (source)
  • Virtually unnoticed, he will become one of an estimated 48,000 children who enter the United States from Central America and Mexico each year, illegally and without either of their parents.†   (source)
  • Jeod's business has been virtually destroyed since you left him, as have those of other merchants who support us.†   (source)
  • I virtually dropped out of high school after he died, failing even' class.†   (source)
  • She virtually dared them to ask who she thought she was to harbor the nation's most highly prized lineman.†   (source)
  • We carried out everything under the cover of darkness, waiting patiently for many hours, watching our backs, keeping our eyes on the target, firing computerized pictures back to base from virtually inside the jaws of the enemy.†   (source)
  • He composed a pledge that the Bureau of Education mailed to virtually every school.†   (source)
  • Or virtually any novel of the naturalistic movement of the late nineteenth century, where the law of the jungle and survival of the fittest reign.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • Which is to say virtually no security at all.†   (source)
  • They do not want to wind up like chicken growers — who in recent years have become virtually powerless, trapped by debt and by onerous contracts written by the large processors.†   (source)
  • A jury found Fred Coates, the deputy responsible for Miguel Robles' death, innocent of all charges — as they had done for virtually every deputy ever accused of maiming or killing an unarmed person of color.†   (source)
  • Music blared from virtually every stall.†   (source)
  • Bella was glad that the streets were virtually empty, that everyone else had been driven away by the snow.†   (source)
  • Perenelle and I became virtually immortal.†   (source)
  • Most conspicuously, in virtually the central spot of the otherwise empty and highly polished floor, lay the dustpan Miss Kenton had alluded to.†   (source)
  • Adoptions were and are virtually unheard of in our Province of Oria.†   (source)
  • She could make him do virtually anything.†   (source)
  • Virtually every time we talked, he'd make a casual remark such as, "You know, you'd love Australia."†   (source)
  • But about the Buddha that exists within analytic thought, and gives that analytic thought its direction, virtually nothing has been said, and there are historic reasons for this.†   (source)
  • And with its concrete floor and walls, it was virtually indestructible.†   (source)
  • None—virtually none—of the people involved in any of the reported crimes or incidents has a clear memory of the events.†   (source)
  • By that time Mate and I had already left for Puerto Plata, accompanied by one or the other of our mothers-in-law Since the rumors had gotten so bad, both of them had virtually moved in with us.†   (source)
  • His side of the room was virtually empty now, but Felix's things remained untouched, a half-full Gatorade sitting on his desk.†   (source)
  • That is, not every peasant practiced the indigenous religion called Voodoo, but virtually everyone, including Catholics and Protestants and Voodooists, believed in the reality of maji, of sorcery.†   (source)
  • Their childhood was chaotic, with a mother who was forever leaving them and a father who was virtually an alcoholic.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • In front of her sits a plate containing a vegetable sandwich, virtually untouched.†   (source)
  • The inner keep was virtually unguarded.†   (source)
  • The crime was a psychological accident, virtually an impersonal act; the victims might as well have been killed by lightning.†   (source)
  • The crime rate is virtually nonexistent.†   (source)
  • Fort Hare and Professor D. D. T. Jabavu are virtually synonymous.†   (source)
  • In spite of vacations there (and the vacations themselves might have reinforced the idea), she had thought of the state as a woodsy wasteland, a place where the snow drifted twenty feet high in the winters and people were virtually cut off.†   (source)
  • Marburg virus (the gentle sister) affects humans somewhat like nuclear radiation, damaging virtually all of the tissues in their bodies.†   (source)

  • Robert Graves, Two Fusiliers
    Although Woundwort had shown himself at the last to be a creature virtually mad, nevertheless what he did proved not altogether futile.†   (source)
  • I have always found it ironic that the people in this world who have the most to be thankful for are often the least thankful, and somehow the people who have virtually nothing, many times live lives full of gratitude.†   (source)
  • Three: up to this point in the test, the fifteen students' answers were virtually uncorrelated.†   (source)
  • For six years after this, virtually all building ceased in Chicago.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • Also along the way he had gathered to himself a number of young officers whom he and Natalia virtually adopted.†   (source)
  • Why hadn't I noticed it before—how everyone said virtually the same thing and no one seemed blown away by the meaning of their words?†   (source)
  • It was a minor irritant that he had to spend virtually every night of his life listening to Bol grind his blade away.†   (source)
  • They couldn't undo the trauma Woineshet suffered, but the moral support was important to her and her father--reassurance when virtually everyone around them condemned the family for breaching tradition.†   (source)
  • His voice, virtually unused throughout his workday, seemed strange to him, as though someone else were talking.†   (source)
  • Hobbled but determined, they had no choice but to buddy walk, virtually blind, over the brutal terrain.†   (source)
  • The smell too is indescribably strange—virtually everyone carries some kind of hometown delicacy: I have my apples, pears, sorghum sweets, snakeskin and dried shrimps, but who knows what others are carrying.†   (source)
  • Many families lived virtually next door.†   (source)
  • My life outside of school has become virtually unrecognizable, but almost nothing between the hours of 7:15 and 2:45 has changed.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • Without the cash, I'm told it's virtually bankrupt.†   (source)
  • And there were not so many dead for him to bury any more, Colonel Korn pointed out, since opposition from German fighter planes had virtually ceased and since close to ninety per cent of what fatalities there still were, he estimated, perished behind the enemy lines or disappeared inside the clouds, where the chaplain had nothing to do with disposing of the remains.†   (source)
  • 02 grade point average virtually ties him for first in the junior class with a quiet, studious girl named LaCountiss Spinner.†   (source)
  • It had been in his front pocket during his most recent struggle with D'Ablo, which he'd walked away from virtually unscathed.†   (source)
  • Tom lay under the batik quilt she'd thrown over him, his position virtually unchanged from when she'd left him a couple of hours ago.†   (source)
  • Rav Gershenson's class became a particular joy, because the ease between Danny and myself now permitted us to engage in a constant flow of competitive discussion that virtually monopolized the hours of the shiur.†   (source)
  • They got virtually everything else.†   (source)
  • For three years she juggled work, my dad, and me with virtually no breaks, but she never gave up.†   (source)
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  • Virtual reality goggles, gloves, and a body suit helps the computer character mimic your movements.
    virtual reality = simulated (via a computer)
  • The virtual reality and multisensory feedback were all effects he had not experienced as a young student.   (source)
    virtual reality = simulated by a computer
  • Her research showed that people were just as happy with simulated, virtual objects as they were with real, physical ones.   (source)
  • The "virtual reality" they had been promised for so long was finally here, and it was even better than they'd imagined.   (source)
    virtual reality = something simulated by a computer
  • Movies and magazine articles on the subject are becoming more frequent, but cases are often sensationalized, and we are too far removed to understand the virtual reality and pain of the victim child.   (source)
  • It used virtual reality to test what sorts of effects battle has on your body.   (source)
    virtual reality = simulated by a computer
  • It would be standing room only, with more than four hundred people cheering for their favorite virtual-reality presentations.   (source)
  • But even now the city's freewheeling virtual world stood in stark contrast to the day-to-day lives of most people...   (source)
  • This is virtual reality.   (source)
  • A fine time for the big guys' latest super-top-secret holographic virtual-reality system to crash.   (source)
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  • The offerings on the two sets of colinked virtual reality headphones had been a shock even to Eve's jaded system.†   (source)
  • I'd just tell them: "Build a virtual world."   (source)
  • He and his team used photos of the Utah desert to create a virtual landscape for the battle.   (source)
  • In 2001, our team of Carnegie Mellon students proposed a project using virtual reality.   (source)
  • Could virtual reality dry-runs on the ground help?   (source)
  • And I included a photo of my student Caitlin Kelleher wearing a virtual reality headset.   (source)
    virtual reality = computer simulation (enabling)
  • Of course, the bulk of their work is to act as virtual memory and store intermediate calculation results.   (source)
    virtual = simulated by a computer
  • "This may be a virtual attack," I said, my voice rising as I stood up and pointed out the window into the swirling snow, "but real people are dying out there!"   (source)
  • He was the videogame designer responsible for creating the OASIS, a massively multiplayer online game that had gradually evolved into the globally networked virtual reality most of humanity now used on a daily basis.   (source)
  • If we could make people happy with virtual goods, she reasoned, then maybe we could cut down on our use of physical resources to satisfy everyone's material desires.   (source)
  • When I taught the "Building Virtual Worlds" course, I encouraged students to attempt hard things and to not worry about failing.   (source)
  • When I taught the "Building Virtual Worlds" class at Carnegie Mellon, we'd do peer feedback every two weeks.   (source)
  • My specialty was "human-computer interaction," and I created a course called "Building Virtual Worlds," or BVW for short.   (source)
  • You can do it with fifty or a hundred people at a time, the way we did in the Building Virtual Worlds class or at the ETC.   (source)
  • This was a completely collaborative class, with the students working in four-person teams on virtual-reality computer projects.   (source)
  • If students in a particular group were standing close together, I knew they had bonded, and that the virtual world they created would be something worth seeing.   (source)
  • Because he was a man who appreciated tradition, his personal gym was also stocked with old-fashioned free weights, incline benches, and a virtual reality system.   (source)
  • Captain Kirk wanted to visit my virtual reality lab at Carnegie Mellon.†   (source)
  • I called Disney and explained that I was a virtual reality researcher looking for information on it.†   (source)
  • I had just two rules for their virtual reality worlds: No shooting violence and no pornography.†   (source)
  • "Would you like to write our new entry on virtual reality?" they asked.†   (source)
  • I worked on the Aladdin virtual reality attraction then being tested at Epcot.†   (source)
  • They didn't think I was the most important virtual reality expert in the world.†   (source)
  • Not too long after, I learned that Disney Imagineering was working on a virtual reality project.†   (source)
  • Determined to relax, she tried out the virtual reality goggles Mavis had given her for Christmas.†   (source)
  • The bench adjusted to a sitting position and she was treated to virtual reality.†   (source)
  • I met Jai in the fall of 1998, when I was invited to give a lecture on virtual reality technology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.†   (source)
  • As a designer, he did groundbreaking programming work to help make the virtual reality system more accessible to young people.†   (source)
  • This was at a time when virtual reality experts were insisting they'd need a half-million dollars to do anything.†   (source)
  • I asked all the virtual reality hotshots I knew to share their thoughts and questions about this Disney project.†   (source)
  • I'd become a professor at the University of Virginia, and I'd helped build a system called "Virtual Reality on Five Dollars a Day."†   (source)
  • My students and I worked around the clock to build a virtual reality world that resembled the bridge of the Enterprise.†   (source)
  • I was especially impressed because they were programming on weak computers by Hollywood's virtual reality standards, and they turned out these incredible gems.†   (source)
  • But sometimes when I'm in a library with the kids, I still can't resist looking under "V" ("Virtual Reality" by yours truly) and letting them have a look.†   (source)
  • I was brought into a lab to watch students demonstrate their virtual reality projects, and I had trouble concentrating on any of them because Jai was standing there.†   (source)
  • And my colleagues and I did our own little version of the Hewlett-Packard garage thing and hacked together a working low-budget virtual reality system.†   (source)
  • Tommy also says that he learned not just about virtual reality programming from me, but also about how work colleagues need to be like a family of sorts.†   (source)
  • I just wanted the floating… "Sure," I said, but I also promised him that I'd get information about our experiment onto news Web sites, and send film of our virtual reality efforts to more mainstream journalists.†   (source)
  • The premise was not so far removed from the Mickey Rooney/Judy Garland idea of "Let's put on a show," only it was updated for the age of computer graphics, 3-D animation and the construction of what we called "immersive (helmet-based) interactive virtual reality worlds."†   (source)
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  • VIRTUAL SUNDAY NIGHT DINNER WAS AN idea I thought up.†   (source)
  • Outside of Mamaw Blanton, a virtual deity in the eyes of us grandkids and great-grandkids, I've never heard anyone else called "the nicest person in the world."†   (source)
  • Other virtual worlds soon followed suit, from the Metaverse to the Matrix.†   (source)
  • The five-pointed star was now a virtual cliché in Satanic serial killer movies, usually scrawled on the wall of some Satanist's apartment along with other alleged demonic symbology.†   (source)
  • The fear landscape accesses that data and presents you with a series of virtual obstacles.†   (source)
  • There were virtual-reality suits with working laser guns.†   (source)
  • If anything, screaming was counterproductive, because Arnold now faced the virtual certainty that Nedry wasn't coming back, which meant that Arnold himself had to go into the computer code and try and figure out what had gone wrong.†   (source)
  • They either brought me rubber ducks for the bath, or other toys for virtual infants—or else they brought me Fowler's Modern English Usage: something every six-year-old should plunge into.†   (source)
  • "Well, that's kind of complicated, Lizbeth, but essentially Wonderland records a virtual map of your cognitive functions."†   (source)
  • Virtual cats, yeah.†   (source)
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  • It seemed too secret and personal to admit to a virtual stranger, but I told her, "Yeah, totally."†   (source)
  • Summer had been so active and now he had suddenly come to a virtual stop.†   (source)
  • When Cinder walked in, both Pearl and Adri gaped at her, and a miniature version of the prince fell onto his virtual opponent's long sword.†   (source)
  • … While I worked, I could feel a virtual tug-of-war going on between my hands and the cells' powerful adhesive ability.†   (source)
  • Fifteen years of virtual imprisonment were over, just as he was finally beginning to give up hope.†   (source)
  • It's fine to work with these hegemonist Russians with the buggers out there, but after we win, I can't see leaving half the civilized world as virtual helots, can you, dear?†   (source)
  • And, with that realization, the virtual-reality simulator flipped into color.†   (source)
  • Who can look past the radiant faces of two people for whom this day was once a virtual impossibility?†   (source)
  • Half a millennium's bad drainage from the medieval walls had transformed the foundations into a virtual bog.†   (source)
  • That he spent his last years a virtual recluse in a back room of his sisters' house indicates the degree to which emotional or mental paralysis had already set in before his stroke.†   (source)
  • Many small towns have become virtual ghost towns.†   (source)
  • At the same time, the immigration authorities terrorized Mexican and Central American immigrants, placing the Pico-Union community under a virtual state of siege (this area was one of the hardest hit in the fires).†   (source)
  • The present and the future, virtual omniscience.†   (source)
  • For Boca's well-preserved women, breast implants were a virtual requirement of residency.†   (source)
  • He has dozens of Voodoo priests among his patients, some of them serving as virtual community health workers, bringing him ill parishioners.†   (source)
  • It struck him, as he was turning virtual corners, that he'd walked this map before.†   (source)
  • It was shaping up to be a virtual war between the state and the liberation movement.†   (source)
  • And yet their efforts could not keep theDragon Wing from coming to a virtual standstill.†   (source)
  • In addition to economic and social disparity between blacks and whites, Fryer had become intrigued by the virtual segregation of culture.†   (source)
  • Hanks was then a virtual unknown.†   (source)
  • His powerful five foot, seven inch boxer's body had dwindled to a virtual skeleton.†   (source)
  • And here, on bargain special, was an entire plastic, blue-handled set of cutlery-a virtual plethora of flatware-for only $6.†   (source)
  • The day after that was a virtual repetition.†   (source)
  • On this one, the dark background looked like the intersection of Market and Powell at 5:00 P.M., a virtual traffic jam of compressed, energetic spheres.†   (source)
  • The groom, a virtual prisoner of his future fatherin-law, was settled into one of the numerous guest rooms, where he spent his time pacing the floor with nothing to do, without seeing Blanca, and not understanding how he had ended up in this melodrama.†   (source)
  • Ravenwood was a virtual fortress tonight.†   (source)
  • Most of the guests waited in the atrium, where a podium had been set up amid a virtual jungle of exotic flowering plants.†   (source)
  • In some sense, this book creates a virtual dialogue.†   (source)
  • Indeed, for a period of six months the Congress at Baltimore had made him a virtual dictator.†   (source)
  • For a second Blomkvist looked like a virtual question mark.†   (source)
  • Before his first birthday, Stephen's room, which at one time had been vacant, had become a virtual Toys R Us warehouse.†   (source)
  • He smiled calmly and quite without embarrassment and the look he gave her wasn't the look of a virtual stranger, but of someone who'd known her for a very long time.†   (source)
  • Though he had first met this woman only thirty-six hours ago, his feelings for her had been rich and intense, ranging from virtual adoration to fear and now to repulsion.†   (source)
  • The attackers were met with volley after volley of virtual arrows, slender shafts of green or red light that issued a golden burst whenever they scored a hit.†   (source)
  • In sum, to ensure that we could successfully design voice interfaces not just for cars but also for voice-based e-commerce, stock checking and purchase, technical support, virtual secretaries, appliances, and toys, we combined the psychology of human-human interaction with our own research on how people think and feel about voice-based interfaces.†   (source)
  • They truly bound the promiser, like virtual manacles.†   (source)
  • And insanity, without an express provision in the Constitution, is a virtual disqualification to become a judge.†   (source)
  • He would be a virtual person, ones and zeros, digital dust.†   (source)
  • Aside from getting tired of "Get well soon, Travis" posts, I didn't want to risk leaving behind one of those creepy-dead-guy pages that people turn into virtual little memorials that never end.†   (source)
  • The end of strife and conflicts of all kinds had also meant the virtual end of creative art.†   (source)
  • The next afternoon, returning from lunch at a delicatessen on Ocean Avenue, I found on my desk his check made out to me for that sum which in 1947, to a person in my state of virtual destitution, can only be described as, well, imperial.†   (source)
  • Since I am a virtual idiot when it comes to machines of any kind, it took a good fifteen minutes to figure out how to operate this box full of hidden levers and submerged screws.†   (source)
  • Ralph was in a virtual panic of aroused responsibility the instant he heard the news.†   (source)
  • I'd be playing virtual rifleman with groovy Disco Darrin forever.†   (source)
  • You rolled the virtual dice and either a Rose or a Blood item would pop up.†   (source)
  • She motioned to our virtual surroundings.†   (source)
  • We went searching, and found him still playing Virtual Deer Hunter.†   (source)
  • He'd thrown it away when he'd run out of virtual bullets for it.†   (source)
  • I was introduced to the OASIS at an early age, because my mother used it as a virtual babysitter.†   (source)
  • Then he takes out his spraygun, checks the cellpack of virtual bullets.†   (source)
  • My virtual surroundings looked almost (but not quite) real.†   (source)
  • I'd never held an actual guitar, but on a virtual axe, I could totally shred.†   (source)
  • A virtual existence doesn't require a physical planet.†   (source)
  • Virtual indestructibility was just one of the many perks I was looking forward to.†   (source)
  • Patrick watched a virtual door fly open.†   (source)
  • A virtual existence doesn't require a physical planet ….†   (source)
  • The forums provided Agency personnel a safe place to chat online about various topics and gave the director a kind of virtual gateway to his staff.†   (source)
  • If his stomach did flip again—and she was telling me it was a virtual certainty—we had two choices.†   (source)
  • And his grades in medical school were outstanding, in part because while studying his flash cards, he'd also worked for large portions of six years as a virtual doctor in Cange.†   (source)
  • "I don't need this," I said, looking at the sleek little phone with an anime still of Virtual Girl Aki (naked, in porny thigh-high boots) on the lock screen.†   (source)
  • Its tendency to lie dormant for so long, then make an appearance, its ability because of that dormant period to turn every victim into an unknowing carrier, its virtual one hundred percent mortality rates over the first decade or so of its history, all these things offer strong symbolic possibilities.†   (source)
  • The commander from 2, a middle-aged woman named Lyme, takes us on a virtual tour of the Nut, its interior and fortifications, and recounts the failed attempts to seize it.†   (source)
  • Then, one day, a student who had been left to sweep up the lab after a particularly unsuccessful party found himself reasoning this way: If, he thought to himself, such a machine is a virtual impossibility, then it must logically be a finite improbability.†   (source)
  • I bungee-jumped the lobby five or six times, did the waterslide, snowboarded the artificial ski slope, and played virtual-reality laser tag and FBI sharpshooter.†   (source)
  • No need for a firing squad, one spraygun would have done, but they kept the old custom, five in a row, so no single executioner need lose sleep over whose virtual bullet had killed first.†   (source)
  • He gathered together some supplies — not too much, not too heavy, he'd have to carry it all — and loaded up his spraygun with the full complement of virtual bullets.†   (source)
  • To move around or interact with your virtual surroundings, you keyed in text commands telling the game what you wanted your avatar to do.†   (source)
  • Hours later, when I finally finished the last exam, I was logged into a virtual chat room to meet with an indenturement counselor.†   (source)
  • Then they were somewhere else, on an endless green satin bed, being worked over by two girls covered from head to toe in sequins that were glued onto their skin and shimmered like the scales of a virtual fish.†   (source)
  • Teachers could take their students on a virtual field trip every day, without ever leaving the school grounds.†   (source)
  • There wasn't much to do on Incipio except chat with other noobs or shop in one of the giant virtual malls that covered the planet.†   (source)
  • Hovering virtual cameras would follow your avatar around the OASIS as you went about your day-to-day activities.†   (source)
  • I can host a virtual chat room for us.†   (source)
  • The moment KM took it over, the OASIS would cease to be the open-source virtual utopia I'd grown up in.†   (source)
  • Even so, the weapon felt familiar in my hands, because I'd fired thousands of virtual firearms in the OASIS.†   (source)
  • The following text appeared, superimposed in the center of my virtual display: Identity verification successful.†   (source)
  • Users could also alter the content of the virtual worlds inside the OASIS, or create entirely new ones.†   (source)
  • As the virtual light reflected off its foil surface, I thought about folding the wrapper into a paper airplane and sailing it across the room.†   (source)
  • Every day, more and more people had reason to seek solace inside Halliday and Morrow's virtual utopia.†   (source)
  • I spoke with a rental agent in a chat room, and he showed me around a virtual mock-up of my new digs.†   (source)
  • The stationary sun that hung overhead was nothing but a virtual light source, programmed into the imaginary sky.†   (source)
  • I usually got a little exercise while logged into the OASIS, by engaging in physical combat or running around the virtual landscape on my treadmill.†   (source)
  • A small mirror was mounted inside my locker door, and I caught a glimpse of my virtual self as I closed it.†   (source)
  • Any business that wanted to set up shop inside the OASIS had to rent or purchase virtual real estate (which Morrow dubbed "surreal estate") from GSS.†   (source)
  • These three words were always the last thing an OASIS user saw before leaving the real world and entering the virtual one: READY PLAYER ONE†   (source)
  • But virtual or not, this was still high school—the more childish an insult, the more effective it was.†   (source)
  • My visor was a brand-new pair of Dinatro RLR-7800 WreckSpex, featuring a top-of-the-line virtual retinal display.†   (source)
  • When I'd stepped into the gate, it had transported my avatar into a stand-alone simulation, a virtual location separate from the OASIS.†   (source)
  • The OASIS vanished, and my avatar reappeared inside my virtual office, a standalone simulation stored on my console's hard drive.†   (source)
  • A lot of second-tier celebrities and pornographers did this, selling their virtual lives at a per-minute premium.†   (source)
  • Chat rooms were stand-alone simulations—temporary virtual spaces that avatars could access from anywhere in OASIS.†   (source)
  • Most of the virtual items in the OASIS were created by the system at random, and they would "drop" when you killed an NPC or completed a quest.†   (source)
  • A bank of security monitors on my left were linked to virtual cameras placed throughout the interior and exterior of my stronghold.†   (source)
  • Text adventure games (often referred to as "interactive fiction" by modern scholars) used text to create the virtual environment the player inhabited.†   (source)
  • And any empty seats in the stands would be filled with randomly generated NPC fans who would wolf down virtual sodas and hot dogs while cheering wildly.†   (source)
  • In a way, these old role-playing games had been the first virtual-reality simulations, created long before computers were powerful enough to do the job.†   (source)
  • As my avatar slowly materialized on my stronghold's observation deck, I looked down at my virtual body, admiring it like a favorite suit I hadn't worn in a while.†   (source)
  • In addition to restricting the overall size of their virtual environments, earlier MMOs had been forced to limit their virtual populations, usually to a few thousand users per server.†   (source)
  • Charging people for virtual fuel to power their virtual spaceships was one of the ways Gregarious Simulation Systems generated revenue, since accessing the OASIS was free.†   (source)
  • By reading and typing text, you made your way through the virtual world, collecting treasure, fighting monsters, avoiding traps, and solving puzzles until you finally reached the end of the game.†   (source)
  • In addition to the billions of dollars that GSS raked in selling land that didn't actually exist, they made a killing selling virtual objects and vehicles.†   (source)
  • This avatar appeared inside a huge virtual call center, inside a virtual cubicle, sitting at a virtual desk, in front of a virtual computer, wearing a virtual phone headset.†   (source)
  • In the OASIS, you could create your own private planet, build a virtual mansion on it, furnish and decorate it however you liked, and invite a few thousand friends over for a party.†   (source)
  • Running system agent software was a little like having a virtual personal assistant—one that also functioned as a voice-activated interface with your computer.†   (source)
  • He adjusted his vidfeed's virtual camera so that it pulled back from a tight shot of his face to a much wider shot that revealed where he was— standing next to the flat-topped hill, just outside the entrance to the Tomb of Horrors.†   (source)
  • Mrs. G was super-religious and spent most of her time in the OASIS, sitting in the congregation of one of those big online megachurches, singing hymns, listening to sermons, and taking virtual tours of the Holy Land.†   (source)
  • GSS had also licensed preexisting virtual worlds from their competitors, so content that had already been created for games like Everquest and World of Warcraft was ported over to the OASIS, and copies of Norrath and Azeroth were added to the growing catalog of OASIS planets.†   (source)
  • So every school was a grand palace of learning, with polished marble hallways, cathedral-like classrooms, zero-g gymnasiums, and virtual libraries containing every (school board—approved) book ever written.†   (source)
  • I spent a big chunk of my childhood hanging out in a virtual-reality simulation of Sesame Street, singing songs with friendly Muppets and playing interactive games that taught me how to walk, talk, add, subtract, read, write, and share.†   (source)
  • Since the dawn of the OASIS, thousands of elderly users had come here and painstakingly coded virtual replicas of local arcades they remembered from their childhood, thus making them a permanent part of the museum.†   (source)
  • The virtual gym vanished.†   (source)
  • The visor was light-years ahead of the clunky virtual-reality goggles available prior to that time, and it represented a paradigm shift in virtual-reality technology—as did the lightweight OASIS haptic gloves, which allowed users to directly control the hands of their avatar and to interact with their simulated environment as if they were actually inside it.†   (source)
  • A virtual library of treatises on the Rwandan genocide has been published, and a relative handful on Burundi.†   (source)
  • Yes, Thomas was in the Horde camp, their virtual prisoner, and yes, there was danger on every side-she could feel it like the sun on her back.†   (source)
  • Calloway slept most days and stayed up nights with his bird; Texas and Pogie played virtual poker; Joey was listening to his soaps.†   (source)
  • The King was being held a virtual prisoner in the Palace of the Tuileries, while the extreme radicals of the revolution, the Jacobins—Marat, Danton, Robespierre—were riding high.†   (source)
  • She used an onion routing application popular with jihadists that allowed her to wander the virtual caliphate without detection.†   (source)
  • They are also in a virtual vault.†   (source)
  • Thomas Hunter had gone to sleep, learned Monique de Raison's location, gone to that location, and brought back virtual proof that the virus was in fact in the works.†   (source)
  • In effect, he became at once both an American citizen and a virtual expatriate, spending most of his time on the hilltop plateau of Kayanza, carrying rocks and planting trees and sleeping in a tent.†   (source)
  • The track at Pimlico became a virtual skating rink, and Smith limited Seabiscuit's outings to walks around the shed rows.†   (source)
  • Now, in this hospital tent in a virtual city of hospital tents—they were sectioned off into streets, there were so many—the two boys spoke quietly as a heavy rain fell.†   (source)
  • All Tutsis were excused, but Hutus were obliged to work for nothing, as virtual slaves, sometimes for three days out of every six, on projects designed by the Belgians or the Tutsi chiefs.†   (source)
  • He typed an address for the dark net, picked the lock of a password-protected door, and entered a virtual room where all was encrypted.†   (source)
  • This time, though, he raised his virtual machine gun and watched the officers fall in a spray of bright blood.†   (source)
  • And then there was the keeper of a particularly vile blog who knocked on her virtual door while she was watching the beheading of a captured Christian.†   (source)
  • His father was away, but the people carrying loads through the mountains formed a virtual telegraph service, which brought his father home in time to have Deo treated at the hospital in the provincial capital.†   (source)
  • The critics denounced the government's virtual ban on discussions of ethnicity that diverged from the official line -- a ploy, they said, to cover up systematic discrimination against Hutus, which was bound to lead to more violence someday.†   (source)
  • What matter a few score years one way or the other in this virtual eternity?†   (source)
  • The truth was that the North was holding the South in a virtual state of siege, though many did not realize it.†   (source)
  • Words like PHENOMENON, ELEMENT, INDIVIDUAL (as noun), OBJECTIVE, CATEGORICAL, EFFECTIVE, VIRTUAL, BASIS, PRIMARY, PROMOTE, CONSTITUTE, EXHIBIT, EXPLOIT, UTILIZE, ELIMINATE, LIQUIDATE, are used to dress up simple statements and give an air of scientific impartiality to biased judgments.†   (source)
  • The French, moreover, were virtual victors.†   (source)
  • Thus he became the virtual ruler of the land.†   (source)
  • As the fellows in number one were undistinguished dullards, Stephen and Heron had been during the year the virtual heads of the school.†   (source)
  • He had undergone some strange experiences in his absence; he had seen the virtual Faustina in the literal Cornelia, a spiritual Lucretia in a corporeal Phryne; he had thought of the woman taken and set in the midst as one deserving to be stoned, and of the wife of Uriah being made a queen; and he had asked himself why he had not judged Tess constructively rather than biographically, by the will rather than by the deed?†   (source)
  • For the ease and pleasure of treading the old road, accepting the fashions, the education, the religion of society, he takes the cross of making his own, and, of course, the self-accusation, the faint heart, the frequent uncertainty and loss of time, which are the nettles and tangling vines in the way of the self-relying and self-directed; and the state of virtual hostility in which he seems to stand to society, and especially to educated society.†   (source)
  • The impotence of the one and the distance of the other, must make the relation one of virtual independence; unless, by stunting the province of all natural growth, and forbidding that immigration which can alone develop its capabilities and fulfil the purposes of its creation, tyranny may retain a military dominion, which is no government in the, legitimate sense of the term.†   (source)
  • He had good winters and poor winters, and while the former lasted he was sometimes the sport of a vision of virtual recovery.†   (source)
  • She longed for work which would be directly beneficent like the sunshine and the rain, and now it appeared that she was to live more and more in a virtual tomb, where there was the apparatus of a ghastly labor producing what would never see the light.†   (source)
  • He slept upon that idea, but when he was dressing in the rational morning light, Objection said— "That will be a virtual defiance of Mr. Casaubon's prohibition to visit Lowick, and Dorothea will be displeased."†   (source)
  • Though he had never regarded himself as other than an orthodox Christian, and would argue on prevenient grace if the subject were proposed to him, I think his virtual divinities were good practical schemes, accurate work, and the faithful completion of undertakings: his prince of darkness was a slack workman.†   (source)
  • As for /shoed/, it merely reveals the virtual disappearance of the verb in its passive form.†   (source)
  • To love, thou blamest me not; for Love, thou sayest, Leads up to Heaven, is both the way and guide; Bear with me then, if lawful what I ask: Love not the heavenly Spirits, and how their love Express they? by looks only? or do they mix Irradiance, virtual or immediate touch?†   (source)
  • The result, except in the case of insanity, must for the most part be arbitrary; and insanity, without any formal or express provision, may be safely pronounced to be a virtual disqualification.†   (source)
  • Adam, thou knowest Heaven his, and all the Earth; Not this rock only; his Omnipresence fills Land, sea, and air, and every kind that lives, Fomented by his virtual power and warmed: All the earth he gave thee to possess and rule, No despicable gift; surmise not then His presence to these narrow bounds confined Of Paradise, or Eden: this had been Perhaps thy capital seat, from whence had spread All generations; and had hither come From all the ends of the earth, to celebrate And…†   (source)
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