re·al /ˈri(ə)l, ˈrɪ(ə)l/
實 實數 真實
Re·al a. Royal; regal; kingly. [Obs.] “The blood real of Thebes.”
1. Actually being or existing; not fictitious or imaginary; as, a description of real life.
Whereat I waked, and found
Before mine eyes all real, as the dream
Had lively shadowed. --Milton.
2. True; genuine; not artificial, counterfeit, or factitious; often opposed to ostensible; as, the real reason; real Madeira wine; real ginger.
Whose perfection far excelled
Hers in all real dignity. --Milton.
3. Relating to things, not to persons. [Obs.]
Many are perfect in men's humors that are not greatly capable of the real part of business. --Bacon.
4. Alg. Having an assignable arithmetical or numerical value or meaning; not imaginary.
5. Law Pertaining to things fixed, permanent, or immovable, as to lands and tenements; as, real property, in distinction from personal or movable property.
Chattels real Law, such chattels as are annexed to, or savor of, the realty, as terms for years of land. See Chattel.
Real action Law, an action for the recovery of real property.
Real assets Law, lands or real estate in the hands of the heir, chargeable with the debts of the ancestor.
Real composition Eccl. Law, an agreement made between the owner of lands and the parson or vicar, with consent of the ordinary, that such lands shall be discharged from payment of tithes, in consequence of other land or recompense given to the parson in lieu and satisfaction thereof. --Blackstone.
Real estate or Real property, lands, tenements, and hereditaments; freehold interests in landed property; property in houses and land. --Kent. --Burrill.
Real presence R. C. Ch., the actual presence of the body and blood of Christ in the eucharist, or the conversion of the substance of the bread and wine into the real body and blood of Christ; transubstantiation. In other churches there is a belief in a form of real presence, not however in the sense of transubstantiation.
Real servitude, called also Predial servitude Civil Law, a burden imposed upon one estate in favor of another estate of another proprietor. --Erskine. --Bouvier.
Syn: -- Actual; true; genuine; authentic.
Usage: -- Real, Actual. Real represents a thing to be a substantive existence; as, a real, not imaginary, occurrence. Actual refers to it as acted or performed; and, hence, when we wish to prove a thing real, we often say, “It actually exists,” “It has actually been done.” Thus its reality is shown by its actuality. Actual, from this reference to being acted, has recently received a new signification, namely, present; as, the actual posture of affairs; since what is now in action, or going on, has, of course, a present existence. An actual fact; a real sentiment.
For he that but conceives a crime in thought,
Contracts the danger of an actual fault. --Dryden.
Our simple ideas are all real; all agree to the reality of things. --Locke.
Re·al n. A former small Spanish silver coin; also, a denomination of money of account, formerly the unit of the Spanish monetary system.
Note: ☞ A real of plate (coin) varied in value according to the time of its coinage, from 12½ down to 10 cents, or from 6½ to 5 pence sterling. The real vellon, or money of account, was nearly equal to five cents, or 2½ pence sterling. In 1871 the coinage of Spain was assimilated to that of the Latin Union, of which the franc is the unit. The peseta was introduced in 1868, and continued as the official currency of Spain (splitting temporarily into Nationalist and Republican pesetas during the civil war of the 1930's) until 2002. In 2002, the euro became the official currency of Spain and most other nations of the European Union.
Re·al n. A realist. [Obs.]
adj 1: being or occurring in fact or actuality; having verified
existence; not illusory; "real objects"; "real people;
not ghosts"; "a film based on real life"; "a real
illness"; "real humility"; "Life is real! Life is
earnest!"- Longfellow [syn: existent] [ant: unreal]
2: no less than what is stated; worthy of the name; "the real
reason"; "real war"; "a real friend"; "a real woman";
"meat and potatoes--I call that a real meal"; "it's time
he had a real job"; "it's no penny-ante job--he's making
real money" [syn: real(a)] [ant: unreal]
3: being or reflecting the essential or genuine character of
something; "her actual motive"; "a literal solitude like a
desert"- G.K.Chesterton; "a genuine dilemma" [syn: actual,
4: not synthetic or spurious; of real or natural origin; "real
mink"; "true gold" [syn: true]
5: not to be taken lightly; "statistics demonstrate that
poverty and unemployment are very real problems"; "to the
man sleeping regularly in doorways homelessness is real"
6: possible to be treated as fact; "tangible evidence"; "his
brief time as Prime Minister brought few real benefits to
the poor" [syn: tangible]
7: being value measured in terms of purchasing power; "real
prices"; "real income"; "real wages" [ant: nominal]
8: having substance or capable of being treated as fact; not
imaginary; "the substantial world"; "a mere dream, neither
substantial nor practical"; "most ponderous and
substantial things"- Shakespeare [syn: substantial, material]
9: (of property) fixed or immovable; "real property consists of
land and buildings; real estate"
10: coinciding with reality; "perceptual error...has a
surprising resemblance to veridical perception"-
F.A.Olafson [syn: veridical]
11: founded on practical matters; "a recent graduate
experiencing the real world for the first time"
n 1: any rational or irrational number [syn: real number]
2: an old small silver Spanish coin
adv : used as intensifiers; `real' is sometimes used informally
for `really'; `rattling' is informal; "she was very
gifted"; "he played very well"; "a really enjoyable
evening"; "I'm real sorry about it"; "a rattling good
yarn" [syn: very, really, rattling]
[also: reis (pl), reales (pl)]