Virtual-machine meaning

The definition of a virtual machine is a computer software application that performs like a physical computer.

An example of virtual machine is what a Quality Assurance person would use to test new computer applications before they go live.

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A software program that emulates a hardware system.
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(1) The name given to various language interpreters. See Java Virtual Machine and Python.
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(computing) A software emulation of a computer that runs in an isolated partition of a real computer.
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(computing) A computer system that is implemented in software rather than hardware and that runs bytecode.
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