[ ree-uhl, reel ]
/ ˈri əl, ril /
a rational number or the limit of a sequence of rational numbers, as opposed to a complex number.
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Also called real.
Origin of real number
First recorded in 1905–10
Words nearby real number
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British Dictionary definitions for real number
a number expressible as a limit of rational numbersSee number (def. 1)
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Scientific definitions for 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, 37, and pi (π) are all real numbers.
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