[ree-uh l, reel]
a rational number or the limit of a sequence of rational numbers, as opposed to a complex number.
Origin of real number
First recorded in 1905–10
Also called real.
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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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