real number

real number

[ree-uhl, reel]
real number: see number.

In mathematics, a quantity that can be expressed as a finite or infinite decimal expansion. The counting numbers, integers, rational numbers, and irrational numbers are all real numbers. Real numbers are used in measuring continuously varying quantities (e.g., size, time), in contrast to measurements that result from counting. The word real distinguishes them from the imaginary numbers.

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