Real-time definition

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The actual time in which a physical process under computer study or control occurs.
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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.
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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.

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Involving no perceptible or significant time lag, as between the transmission and reception of data.

A real-time system for videoconferencing.

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(computing) Alternative form of realtime.
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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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The definition of real time is something happening now or something that is being broadcast over the exact number of minutes, seconds or hours the event is taking.

An example of real time is when journalists show live footage from an accident scene.

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Time in which the occurrence of an event and the reporting or recording of it are almost simultaneous.
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(computing) The time duration required by a computer system to complete a particular task.
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Refers to information that is available a fraction of a second after it happens. Financial news and some price quotations are available in real-time.
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See rt.
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Used other than as an idiom: see real,"Ž time.
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