Real Time Definition

rēəl, rēl
The actual time in which a physical process under computer study or control occurs.
American Heritage
Time in which the occurrence of an event and the reporting or recording of it are almost simultaneous.
Webster's New World
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.
American Heritage
The timing or arrangement allowing a process, such as an exchange of remarks, to occur normally, as without delay or asynchronism.
Communicated in real time by instant messaging rather than by e-mail.
American Heritage

Used other than as an idiom: see real,"Ž time.

Of or pertaining to a mode of computer operation in which the computer collects data, computes with it, and uses the results to control a process as it happens.
Webster's New World
Involving no perceptible or significant time lag, as between the transmission and reception of data.
A real-time system for videoconferencing.
Webster's New World

(computing) Alternative form of realtime.


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