real number


Definition of real number

: a number that has no imaginary part the set of all real numbers comprises the rationals and the irrationals

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Patrick Battuello, an anti-racing activist who has been collecting fatality data for his Horse Racing Wrongs website since 2013, believes the real number is much higher. Nick Watt, CNN, "Santa Anita track owners and trainers under investigation after 29 horse deaths," 21 June 2019 Because those complexes account for several hundred units, the real number of buildings is somewhere below 2,000. James Briggs, Indianapolis Star, "11 times Mayor Joe Hogsett said misleading things about his blighted housing fix," 11 June 2019 The real numbers are sobering and a call to action. Byron Mccauley,, "The fatal drowning rate for black kids is stark. History is part of that.," 13 June 2019 Each image has 28×28=784 input values, each a real number between zero and one representing how light or dark a pixel is. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "How computers got shockingly good at recognizing images," 18 Dec. 2018 Up to 70 percent—or 220kW and 300Nm in real numbers. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "We’ve driven Audi’s first proper electric car, the 2019 e-tron SUV," 7 Dec. 2018 Apparently, the real number is closer to $1 million per Instagram post and Kim's legal team is expected to update the filing to reflect that. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Kim Kardashian Apparently Makes $1 Million Per Instagram Post," 4 May 2019 The count is imperfect because some organizations include the homeless who die in a hospital or emergency housing, and all say the real number will never be known and could be higher. Washington Post, "Paris officials sleep outdoors to call attention to homeless," 1 Mar. 2018 But Iraqi politicians opposed to their presence say the real number is much higher and includes combat forces. Isabel Coles, WSJ, "Pentagon Chief Swoops In After Trump Vexes Iraqis," 12 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of real number

circa 1909, in the meaning defined above

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