Thursday, January 31, 2008

What is "real"? How do you define "real"?

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one of Dictionary.com's 23 definitions


re·al
1 [ree-uhl, reel] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation
–adjective
1.true; not merely ostensible, nominal, or apparent: the real reason for an act.
2.existing or occurring as fact; actual rather than imaginary, ideal, or fictitious: a story taken from real life.
3.being an actual thing; having objective existence; not imaginary: The events you will see in the film are real and not just made up.
4.being actually such; not merely so-called: a real victory.
5.genuine; not counterfeit, artificial, or imitation; authentic: a real antique; a real diamond; real silk.
6.unfeigned or sincere: real sympathy; a real friend.
7.Informal. absolute; complete; utter: She's a real brain.
8.Philosophy.
a.existent or pertaining to the existent as opposed to the nonexistent.
b.actual as opposed to possible or potential.
c.independent of experience as opposed to phenomenal or apparent.
9.(of money, income, or the like) measured in purchasing power rather than in nominal value: Inflation has driven income down in real terms, though nominal income appears to be higher.
10.Optics. (of an image) formed by the actual convergence of rays, as the image produced in a camera (opposed to virtual).
11.Mathematics.
a.of, pertaining to, or having the value of a real number.
b.using real numbers: real analysis; real vector space.
–adverb
12.Informal. very or extremely: You did a real nice job painting the house.
–noun
13.real number.
14.the real,
a.something that actually exists, as a particular quantity.
b.reality in general.
15.for real, Informal.
a.in reality; actually: You mean she dyed her hair green for real?
b.real; actual: The company's plans to relocate are for real.
c.genuine; sincere: I don't believe his friendly attitude is for real.

[Origin: 1400–50; late ME <>reālis, equiv. to L re-, var. s. of rés thing + -ālis -al1]
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