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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Beyond that, more than 120 bands and 16 performance stages will be set up along the course, and up to 15 jumbotrons broadcasting the race in real time will be placed throughout the city. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "What You Need to Know Before Watching the 2018 New York City Marathon," 25 Oct. 2018 Jazz improvisation is always in real time, minute by minute, without knowing what comes next. Len Lyons,, "Playing piano at Dana-Farber, he sees improvisation is not just for jazz," 12 June 2018 It cannot be overstated how much the show is made distinct, and improved, by the fact that it's filmed and aired in nearly real time, a fact with which most American shows just can't compete. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Why You Should Watch Love Island, the British Reality Dating Show With a New Episode Every Day," 6 July 2018 Everybody is so plugged into other people's lives, and real time updating our own lives so that the rest of the world can see your life, in whatever glorious edited [form]. Melinda Newman, Billboard, "Ryan Tedder on OneRepublic's 'Connection' With Jeep, Playing Corporate Gigs & Why He Related to Anthony Bourdain," 2 July 2018 Once the video is live, viewers can chat with each other in real time, and creators can use Super Chat for the first time on regular YouTube videos. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "YouTube now lets you pay $4.99 per month to support your favorite creators [Update]," 22 June 2018 Follow air quality and ozone levels real time at Kate Talerico, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville had worst air quality in country last weekend," 21 June 2018 In materials that have since been deleted by Amazon, the company marketed Rekognition as having the potential to identify people in real time in video feeds gathered by police body cameras. Christopher Mims, WSJ, "Amazon’s Face-Scanning Surveillance Software Contrasts With Its Privacy Stance," 21 June 2018 Any transportation, totally frictionless, real time. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full video and transcript: Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi at Code 2018," 31 May 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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