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

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The separations we’d created and thrived on; the lies of wealth, race, elevation above the very Earth itself, were killing us in real time. Angie Jaime, Teen Vogue, "The Aniwa Gathering Connected Me to My Indigenous Ancestors," 2 Aug. 2019 Dexcom has been facing increased competition in continuous glucose monitors, which help people with Type 1 and insulin-dependent Type-2 diabetes keep track of their blood sugar in real time without finger sticks. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Dexcom’s second quarter sales surge as wearable glucose monitors gain traction," 1 Aug. 2019 With Google Drive, for example, students can work together on group papers and other projects in real time. Valerie Sweeten, Houston Chronicle, "Latest gadgets help children succeed in school," 31 July 2019 Comparison graphics about candidates’ positions offered in real time. Margaret Sullivan, The Denver Post, "Sullivan: Debate format is an embarrassment. Here’s how to make it better.," 31 July 2019 The Fed has been weighing how to speed up digital payments, but efforts to give consumers and businesses access to the money in their bank accounts in real time hasn’t made much progress. John Detrixhe, Quartz, "Elizabeth Warren is siding with Google and Amazon when it comes to digital payments," 25 July 2019 Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the host of the Laugh Track column, a man who is aging in real time … Mike McIntyre. Michael K. Mcintyre,, "The ‘Improvaneers,’ world’s first all Down Syndrom improv troupe, debuts in Akron," 24 July 2019 Meanwhile, DaBaby tried to create a viral moment in real time by maneuvering through the crowd to perform in a mosh pit. Eric Diep, Billboard, "XXL's 2019 Freshman Show: Rico Nasty and Tierra Whack Show Their Star Power in NYC," 23 July 2019 Loquat leaf delivers antioxidants, which both prevent sun damage in real time (by neutralizing free radicals) and repair skin overnight, while Japanese wild rose smooths skin texture and minimizes the look of my otherwise gigantic pores. Deanna Pai, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Multitasking Sunscreen I Never Leave Home Without," 22 July 2019

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

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real-time adjective

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