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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 of real time
1950-1955
1950-55

real-time

[ree-uh l-tahym, reel-] /ˈri əlˈtaɪm, ˈril-/
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

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

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