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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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And lots of celebrities were there to document all their reactions in real time, and their reactions ranged from funny to serious and thoughtful, as first spotted in Entertainment Tonight. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Jenna Dewan, Ariana Grande, Chrissy Teigen, and More React to the Super Wolf Blood Moon," 21 Jan. 2019 Follow the money *Track Illinois campaign contributions in real time here and here. Chicago Tribune Staff,, "Morning Spin: Asked about trade war, Sanguinetti echoes Trump on NATO," 13 July 2018 Last year, scientists were able to record a mouse's brain in real time. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Mapped Entire Brains at Nanoscale For This Psychadelic Visualization," 18 Jan. 2019 Be sure to follow PCWorld on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitch to watch future episodes live and pick our brains in real time! Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "The Full Nerd ep. 81: GeForce RTX 2060 review, 3rd-gen Ryzen, and CES wrap-up," 15 Jan. 2019 The markets reacted with a clenched fist of their own in real time. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Powell to Markets: Take That," 19 Dec. 2018 The one that makes the most sense is that the game is basically beamed in real time right now to every phone in the world. Tim Reynolds, The Seattle Times, "On Basketball: International stars leaving mark on NBA," 2 Jan. 2019 According to major Fortnite YouTuber Muselk, whatever event Fortnite is planning this time around will only happen once, in real time. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "Fortnite’s big Saturday event will only happen once, in real time," 29 June 2018 Because that creates the additional eye strain of screens plus the additional stress of never having some real time to yourself. Laura Norkin, Glamour, "Feeling Burned Out? Your Screen Time May Have Something to Do With It," 13 June 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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