real time


Definition of real time 

: the actual time during which something takes place the computer may partly analyze the data in real time (as it comes in) —R. H. March chatted online in real time

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For one, airlines can get real time intelligence on air fare changes of competitors and easily match fares based on public information. Kelly Yamanouchi, ajc, "Settlements in air fare collusion suit puts pressure on Delta, United," 28 June 2018 People putting their data into these products to make their experiences better and then there’s the collective data of many other users that effect a lot of real time products, whether it’s Waze or SnapMap or NextDoor, or Uber Pool. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full video and transcript: Kleiner Perkins’ Mary Meeker at Code 2018," 31 May 2018 More important, though, is that this real-time drama only rarely seems to be happening in real time, with real feelings. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: Jim Parsons and Zachary Quinto Enter Sniping in ‘The Boys in the Band’," 31 May 2018 The system also provides real time warning of low blood sugar or high blood sugar levels to a dedicated device or a user’s smartphone. Mike Freeman,, "Dexcom's revenue jumps ahead of launch of latest wearable glucose monitor for diabetes patients," 2 May 2018 The institution hopes to promote its research by live streaming some of its deep water ventures and providing real time data feeds as the project gets underway., "Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution gets $35m to explore deep reaches," 12 Apr. 2018 According to real time information provided by the clerk's office, of those voters 18,627 took ballots for the Democrats, while 17,292 voted Republican. Mike Danahey, Elgin Courier-News, "Early voting numbers up in Kane, DuPage counties," 20 Mar. 2018 If real time intelligence exists the sole deputy or a team of deputies may enter the area and/or structure to preserve life. Paula Mcmahon,, "Cops trained to storm in during school shootings, experts say," 23 Feb. 2018 Fans on social media began noticing that pictures were disappearing from her feed late Thursday evening, with some watching in real time as the posts began to leave her page. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Miley Cyrus Deletes All Instagram Posts, Including Those with Liam Hemsworth," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of real time

1953, in the meaning defined above

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: the actual time during which something takes place We chatted online in real time.

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