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VIR'TUAL, a. [See Virtue.]

1. Potential; having the power of acting or of invisible efficacy without the material or sensible part.

Every kind that lives, fomented by his virtual power, and warm'd.

Neither an actual nor virtual intention of the mind, but only that which may be gathered from the outward acts.

2. Being in essence or effect, not in fact; as the virtual presence of a man in his agent or substitute.



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VIR'TUAL, a. [See Virtue.]

1. Potential; having the power of acting or of invisible efficacy without the material or sensible part.

Every kind that lives, fomented by his virtual power, and warm'd.

Neither an actual nor virtual intention of the mind, but only that which may be gathered from the outward acts.

2. Being in essence or effect, not in fact; as the virtual presence of a man in his agent or substitute.

VIR'TU-AL, a. [Fr. virtuel; from virtue. See Virtue.]

  1. Potential; having the power of acting or of invisible efficacy without the material or sensible part. Every kind that lives, / Fomented by his virtual power, and warm'd. – Milton. Neither an actual nor virtual intention of the mind, but only that which may be gathered from the outward acts. – Stillingfleet.
  2. Being in essence or effect, not in fact; as, the virtual presence of a man in his agent or substitute.

Vir"tu*al
  1. Having the power of acting or of invisible efficacy without the agency of the material or sensible part; potential; energizing.

    Heat and cold have a virtual transition, without communication of substance. Bacon.

    Every kind that lives,
    Fomented by his virtual power, and warmed.
    Milton.

  2. Being in essence or effect, not in fact; as, the virtual presence of a man in his agent or substitute.

    A thing has a virtual existence when it has all the conditions necessary to its actual existence. Fleming.

    To mask by slight differences in the manners a virtual identity in the substance. De Quincey.

    Principle of virtual velocities (Mech.), the law that when several forces are in equilibrium, the algebraic sum of their virtual moments is equal to zero. -- Virtual focus (Opt.), the point from which rays, having been rendered divergent by reflection of refraction, appear to issue; the point at which converging rays would meet if not reflected or refracted before they reach it. -- Virtual image. (Optics) See under Image. -- Virtual moment (of a force) (Mech.), the product of the intensity of the force multiplied by the virtual velocity of its point of application; -- sometimes called virtual work. -- Virtual velocity (Mech.), a minute hypothetical displacement, assumed in analysis to facilitate the investigation of statical problems. With respect to any given force of a number of forces holding a material system in equilibrium, it is the projection, upon the direction of the force, of a line joining its point of application with a new position of that point indefinitely near to the first, to which the point is conceived to have been moved, without disturbing the equilibrium of the system, or the connections of its parts with each other. Strictly speaking, it is not a velocity but a length. -- Virtual work. (Mech.) See Virtual moment, above.

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Virtual

VIR'TUAL, adjective [See Virtue.]

1. Potential; having the power of acting or of invisible efficacy without the material or sensible part.

Every kind that lives, fomented by his virtual power, and warm'd.

Neither an actual nor virtual intention of the mind, but only that which may be gathered from the outward acts.

2. Being in essence or effect, not in fact; as the virtual presence of a man in his agent or substitute.

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importance

IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

3. Weight or consequence in self-estimation.

He believes himself a man of importance.

4. Thing implied; matter; subject; importunity. [In these senses, obsolete.]

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staddle

STADDLE, n. [G. It belongs to the root of stead, steady.]

1. Any thing which serves for support; a staff; a crutch; the frame or support of a stack of hay or grain. [In this sense not used in New England.]

2. In New England, a small tree of any kind, particularly a forest tree. In America, trees are called staddles from three or four years old till they are six or eight inches in diameter or more, but in this respect the word is indefinite. This is also the sense in which it is used by Bacon and Tusser.

STADDLE, v.t. To leave staddles when a wood is cut.

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