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# real number

[ree-uh l, reel] /ˈri əl, ril/
noun, Mathematics.
1.
a rational number or the limit of a sequence of rational numbers, as opposed to a complex number.
Also called real.
Origin of real number
1905-1910
First recorded in 1905-10
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Examples from the Web for real number
Contemporary Examples
• Videotaped studies of kitchen habits show that the real number is about 30 percent.

August 31, 2009
• The real number is much higher as many items are stolen from undocumented “virgin” sites.

• But an RJC board member told the investigative website Open Secrets that the real number was more like \$15 million.

November 7, 2012
• Remes, by the way, says he and the others lawyers believe that the real number of hunger strikers is closer to 130.

April 28, 2013
• In 2011, women reported 3,000 instances; the real number is thought to be 19,000.

February 22, 2013
Historical Examples
• We find in a cover by General Sheaffe, that the first report of the cannon taken was one-third short of the real number.

Ferdinand Brock Tupper
• Although their reports place their loss at over 4,000, it falls short of the real number.

Samuel Gibbs French
• The real number of churches where there is Holy Communion every Sunday is, by recent returns, about 430.

Philip Freeman
• The teacher names successively several numbers, and asks, whether they think the real number will be greater or less.

Jacob Abbott
• The real number was 76, six having been dropped on subsequent political excitements.

British Dictionary definitions for real number

## real number

noun
1.
a number expressible as a limit of rational numbers See number (sense 1)
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real number in Science
 real number   (rē'əl)    A number that can be written as a terminating or nonterminating decimal; a rational or irrational number. The numbers 2, -12.5, 3/7 , and pi (π) are all real numbers.
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