from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The actual time in which a physical process under computer study or control occurs.
  • n. The time required for a computer to solve a problem, measured from the time data are fed in to the time a solution is received.

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  • n. Used other than as an idiom: see real,‎ time.
  • n. The time duration required by a computer system to complete a particular task

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the actual time that it takes a process to occur
  • n. (computer science) the time it takes for a process under computer control to occur


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  • An image poured into Renata’s mind in detail so vivid it was as if she were viewing it in real time and through her own eyes.

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  • For a news organization, the wizardry of hyperlinking, the speed-of-light availability of data it took research assistants days or weeks to laboriously gather two decades ago, audio and video on demand, the ability to update news in real time 24/7 and deliver it to millions of people for free, all make the Internet the future of news.


  • “We received Colonel Kalin’s message; we understand that your group assisted him when he was under attack, and I am now informed by him as well as Captain Ransome that you are able to communicate with your ships in real time without detection by the enemy.

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  • Greg’s bantering had begun to ease the tension I’d felt over this, our first real time together since our quarrel.

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  • The coordinators have estimated that the project took about eight months of real time and used approximately 5000 MIPS-years of computing time.

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  • Even in Mireio this lack of well-defined individuality in the characters begins to be apparent, but, in general, the action of the earlier poem is confined to the world of realities, whereas in Calendau the poet has given free play to a brilliant and vivid imagination, launching forth into the heroic and incredible, yet without abandoning the world of real time and real places.

    Frederic Mistral


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