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Definition: virtual world


(1) In general, the online world or anything to do with computers and technology. See virtual, online and hyperconnected.

(2) Specifically, a 3D computer environment in which users are represented on screen as avatars of themselves or as made-up characters. In a virtual world, people interact with others in real time. Examples are massively multiuser online games (MMOGs) and virtual worlds such as Second Life and Decentraland. See metaverse, virtual reality, augmented reality, avatar, MMOG, MMORPG, Second Life and Decentraland.