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real part

[ree-uh l, reel] /ˈri əl, ril/
noun, Mathematics.
1.
the number a in the complex number a + bi.
Compare imaginary part.
Origin of real part
1960-1965
First recorded in 1960-65
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  • How often the activity of our life is the least real part of it!

    Romance Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
  • Besides, that one particular area of obtuseness was a real part of his charm.

    Masters of Space Edward Elmer Smith
  • At least the experiences in which he takes a real part are not many.

    Here and Now Story Book Lucy Sprague Mitchell
  • “If only I could have some real part,” he whispered to himself.

    The Arrow of Fire

    Roy J. Snell
  • His religion, like the blood that coursed through his veins, was a real part of him.

    Mystery Wings Roy J. Snell
  • In old age one takes no real part in life, but keeps oneself on memories.

    Wanderers Knut Hamsun
  • But banners were a real part of tactics and of instructions.

    Poitiers Hilaire Belloc
  • Its representatives have little if any real part in the government.

    Communism and Christianism

    William Montgomery Brown
  • To some extent the teacher may influence that environment, and become a real part of it.

    The Girl in Her Teens Margaret Slattery
  • In short, with us the lectures form a real part of the college life.

    My Discovery of England Stephen Leacock
British Dictionary definitions for real part

real part

noun
1.
the term a in a complex number a + ib, where i = √–1
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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