\ ˈrē(-ə)l-ˈwər(-ə)ld How to pronounce real-world (audio) \

Definition of real-world

: existing or occurring in reality : drawn from or drawing on actual events or situations : real-life a real-world example … the complex relationship between a word and the real-world thing it labels.— Jean Aitchison Digital objects aren't bound by the same constraints as real-world objects—that is, broadly speaking, the whole point of digital objects—but they're often made to look like real-world objects anyway.— Lev Grossman … combine the rigors of academics with the soothing realities of real-world applications.— Ricardo Bilton The paintings are essentially abstract, but they don't feel abstract. They feature, besides passages of figurative drawing, a real-world aura …— Peter Schjeldahl

First Known Use of real-world

1963, in the meaning defined above

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