[ree-uh l-tahym, reel-]
- of or relating to applications in which the computer must respond as rapidly as required by the user or necessitated by the process being controlled.
[ree-uh l, reel]
- Computers. the actual time elapsed in the performance of a computation by a computer, the result of the computation being required for the continuation of a physical process.
- the actual time during which a process takes place or an event occurs.
- in real time, Informal. at once; instantaneously.
Origin of real time
First recorded in 1950–55
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Examples from the Web for real-time
The assessment of the strikes comes in real-time video from the aircraft.Pentagon Doesn’t Know How Many People It’s Killed in the ISIS War
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Currently, real-time surveillance systems of disease do not exist.
State and public health agencies work similarly, but nothing is reported in real-time.
Waze is a GPS-like smartphone app that provides drivers with up-to-the-minute, real-time updates on road conditions.The Airbnb of Home-Cooked Meals
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He could come up with a bass line in real-time as Daniel played.Interpol on the Arrogance of Believing Their Own Myth and Life After Carlos D.
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Real-time interaction is fundamental to the context of focusing on nano-scale.
It can also perform most of the calculations necessary for real-time guidance of the course of the experiments.On-Line Data-Acquisition Systems in Nuclear Physics, 1969
H. W. Fulbright et al.
Could a written report of the operation substitute for the real-time event?
- denoting or relating to a data-processing system in which a computer receives constantly changing data, such as information relating to air-traffic control, travel booking systems, etc, and processes it sufficiently rapidly to be able to control the source of the data
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A term used to describe computer systems that update information at the same rate as they receive data.
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