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real-time

[ree-uh l-tahym, reel-]
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adjective Computers.
  1. 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.
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real time

[ree-uh l, reel]
noun
  1. 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.
  2. the actual time during which a process takes place or an event occurs.
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Idioms
  1. in real time, Informal. at once; instantaneously.
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Origin of real time

First recorded in 1950–55
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real-time

adjective
  1. 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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real-time in Culture

real-time

A term used to describe computer systems that update information at the same rate as they receive data.

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