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

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

April 29, 2013
• The economist Justin Wolfers estimates based on combining the two that the real number is more like 30,000.

April 5, 2013
• In 2011, women reported 3,000 instances; the real number is thought to be 19,000.

February 23, 2013
• But an RJC board member told the investigative website Open Secrets that the real number was more like \$15 million.

November 8, 2012
Historical Examples
• Accordingly this class is a real number; it will be called the real number 2R.

• The real number of the victims grew to tenfold in the telling.

Emily Lawless
• It is probable the real number of the Indians did not exceed fifty.

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

• The real number of consumptives whose disease originates in this manner can never be known.

John Harvey Kellogg
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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