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real time

[ree-uh l, reel] /ˈri əl, ril/
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.
Idioms
3.
in real time, Informal. at once; instantaneously.
Origin
1950-1955
1950-55
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