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 But this is essentially an experiment in real time. CBS News, 7 Aug. 2022 When that happens, digital companies are often the first to be hit since marketers can turn off spending in real time. Suzanne Vranica, WSJ, 7 Aug. 2022 This was the start of a coverup, happening in real time. Andrew Ryan,, 6 Aug. 2022 But hackles are immediately raised — and the unwritten (and now written) rules of the game are broken — when technology is used as an aid in real time. New York Times, 6 Aug. 2022 These calculation errors must be corrected, either by using software, often after a calculation has run, or by using other physical parts of the quantum circuitry to check for and correct the errors in real time. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, 5 Aug. 2022 On vacation with her family in Jamaica, Ralph gasped into her phone as her son filmed her shock and awe unfolding in real time. Caroline Framke, Variety, 5 Aug. 2022 Now, the complicated tensions between a budding superstar and their team play out in real time. Grant Rindner, Rolling Stone, 4 Aug. 2022 This week, the HiMone Sleeveless Dress landed a top spot on Amazon's Movers and Shakers fashion chart, which shows the site's most popular clothes and accessories in real time. Isabel Garcia, Peoplemag, 4 Aug. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of real time

1953, in the meaning defined above

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10 Aug 2022

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“Real time.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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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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