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virtual
used in Oryx and Crake

7 uses
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1  —3 uses as in:
virtual organization
Definition
to almost be something; or to effectively be something without entirely being it in a traditional sense
  • He'd thrown it away when he'd run out of virtual bullets for it.
    p. 39.0
  • Virtual cats, yeah.
    p. 218.5
  • 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.
    p. 258.3

There are no more uses of "virtual" flagged with this meaning in Oryx and Crake.

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exact meaning not specified
  • Then he takes out his spraygun, checks the cellpack of virtual bullets.
    p. 372.5
  • You rolled the virtual dice and either a Rose or a Blood item would pop up.
    p. 79.1
  • 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.
    p. 289.8
  • 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.
    p. 350.8

There are no more uses of "virtual" in Oryx and Crake.

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