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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Examples of real time in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Here, artworks that sort through emotion in real time are valued as much as a polished final product. Washington Post, "The Baltimore Museum of Art’s Screening Room is a dynamic new platform for artists and ideas," 1 July 2020 The United States is once again at risk of outstripping its COVID-19 testing capacity, an ominous development that would deny the country a crucial tool to understand its pandemic in real time. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, "U.S. Coronavirus Testing Could Fail Again," 30 June 2020 In London, the sale’s auctioneer, Oliver Barker, stood before several screens that showed these specialists submitting bids in real time from New York as well as from London and Hong Kong. Kelly Crow, WSJ, "Sotheby’s Brings Home the Bacon," 30 June 2020 Communication will happen in real time and allow for more engagement, instant feedback and clarification. Sarah Bahari, Dallas News, "Irving ISD will offer both in-school and at-home learning this fall," 29 June 2020 What has been the experience of watching the story play out on TV and seeing how fast our world is changing in real time? Nick Romano,, "Penny Dreadful: City of Angels creator on confronting the horrors of our reality with the finale," 29 June 2020 Performing on stage in real time is a challenging experience. Michael Dumas, al, "Distinguished Young Women promises another spectacular show," 26 June 2020 Then, graduation switched to a pre-recorded virtual ceremony, meaning her mother would miss her only chance to watch a child of hers graduate high school in real time. Nina Strochlic, National Geographic, "Meet NYC’s 2020 graduates—from aspiring actors to first-generation 'Dreamers'," 26 June 2020 Her air-analyzing instruments were working in real time, detecting the component elements of the desert dust. Matt Simon, Wired, "Why Massive Saharan Dust Plumes Are Blowing Into the US," 25 June 2020

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First Known Use of real time

1953, in the meaning defined above

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4 Jul 2020

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“Real time.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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

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