I want to describe this room that takes me to places, a bit like a teleporter. However, its just my imagination playing around with me. Is there any word to describe something that is not real but feels real?

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Virtual : (from TFD)

  • Existing or resulting in essence or effect though not in actual fact, form, or name.
  • Existing in the mind, especially as a product of the imagination.

Virtual Reality (VR): ( from Wikipedia)

  • sometimes referred to as immersive multimedia, is a computer-simulated environment that can simulate physical presence in places in the real world or imagined worlds. Virtual reality can recreate sensory experiences, which include virtual taste, sight, smell, sound, touch, etc.
  • According to two dictionaries I've looked in, virtual reality is computer generated. I do not think that is what the OP had in mind when they asked the question. – WS2 Nov 19 '14 at 9:55
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    @WS2 - The term that fits OP question is 'virtual'. Virtual reality is an additional piece I added just to show a common usage of 'virtual'. – user66974 Nov 19 '14 at 9:58
  • But I don't see how the OP could use it in her context without calling it virtual reality. And it would give a false impression that it was computer generated. Indeed all meanings of virtual other than the original and literal one, are connected to some scientific discipline - optics, mechanics, physics. None of them deal with human imagining. (ODO) – WS2 Nov 19 '14 at 10:07
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    Virtual does not refer only to something that is computer generated. Computer science use this term as it well fits the context of something apparently real.!! – user66974 Nov 19 '14 at 10:15


based on illusion; not real. "she knew the safety of her room was illusory"

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    I've never met a virtual reality that felt real, but illusions, or even delusions, can seem real as rocks, until they're shattered. – Wayfaring Stranger Nov 19 '14 at 14:24

I think some people might call it suspended reality.


A simulacrum may be a useful choice - a copy of the real?

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The word I would use is verisimilitude.

"Appearance of truth or reality, likelihood,..."


surreal (mix of fact & fantasy)


Fata morgana Phantom Are you thinking of something like the Transformation Room in "Harry Potter" series? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fata_Morgana_(mirage)

  • Could you please provide a brief summary of what a *Fata Morgana (mirage) is. You can just copy&paste the intro if you prefer, I think it's an interesting suggestion and I have no idea what Harry Potter has got to do with this. But you see, I've never watched nor read any of the stories. – Mari-Lou A Nov 19 '14 at 16:42

Hallucination might be an option:

a sensory experience of something that does not exist outside the mind, caused by various physical and mental disorders, or by reaction to certain toxic substances, and usually manifested as visual or auditory images.

Definition at dictionary.com


Realistic. Representing things in a way that is accurate and true to life. "a realistic human drama"

Synonyms: true to life, lifelike, true, truthful, faithful, real-life, close, naturalistic, authentic, genuine, representational, graphic, convincing; vérité; informal: kitchen-sink, warts and all; rare: verisimilar, veristic, speaking.

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