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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real-time adjective

Examples of real time in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The coming months will likely involve a national effort to write one in real time, with approaches that are likely to differ across state, city, or even local lines. Noah Robertson, The Christian Science Monitor, "In US, pandemic’s end is in sight. Are Americans ready?," 14 May 2021 Parts of Profile run in real time, and the tension is somewhat earned. Jessica Kiang, Rolling Stone, "‘Profile’: A Journalist, a Terrorist and a Tale Told Completely Online," 13 May 2021 Monitors would display air quality measurements in real time. Los Angeles Times, "Scientists call for sweeping change in building design to reduce airborne diseases like COVID-19," 13 May 2021 Perhaps more important, Spaces doesn’t seem as committed as Clubhouse to an optimistic vision of what happens when strangers with very different worldviews debate sensitive topics online in real time. Will Oremus, The Atlantic, "The Blue Checkmark’s Evil Cousin," 12 May 2021 The best examples provide insights in real time, in ways that enable users to identify critical trends and status updates at a glance. Fabio Caversan, Forbes, "Data Days: Current And Future Trends In AI And Analytics," 11 May 2021 Instead, the players talk out their thought processes beat by beat, in real time. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, "Netflix’s Flat “The Circle”," 10 May 2021 Salvosa and her friends use the chat feature to add commentary in real time. The Salt Lake Tribune, "‘We feel lost in time’: COVID-19 transforms teen milestones," 9 May 2021 Say yes to late nights and date nights, being offline and having experiences in real time. Christopher Arnott,, "‘Say Yes’ is new Connecticut tourism campaign," 7 May 2021

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First Known Use of real time

1953, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of real time was in 1953

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18 May 2021

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“Real time.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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

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