1. [ adverb ] (intensifier before a figurative expression) without exaggeration
Synonyms: literally

"our eyes were literally pinned to TV during the Gulf war"

Related terms: intensifier
2. [ adverb ] in essence or effect but not in fact

"the strike virtually paralyzed the city" "I'm virtually broke"

Related terms: virtual virtual
3. [ adverb ] (of actions or states) slightly short of or not quite accomplished
Synonyms: almost nearly all_but just_about most about near well-nigh nigh

"the job is (just) about done" "the baby was almost asleep" "we're almost finished" "the car all but ran her down" "he nearly fainted" "well-nigh perfect" "virtually everyone"

Similar spelling:   virtual