Hypertext Webster Gateway: "real"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Real \Re"al\, n. [Sp., fr. real royal, L. regalis. See {Regal},
and cf. {Ree} a coin.]
A 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 121/2 down to 10 cents, or
from 61/2 to 5 pence sterling. The real vellon, or
money of account, was nearly equal to five cents, or
21/2 pence sterling. In 1871 the coinage of Spain was
assimilated to that of the Latin Union, of which the
franc is the unit.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Real \Re"al\, n.
A realist. [Obs.] --Burton.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Real \Re*al"\, a.
Royal; regal; kingly. [Obs.] ``The blood real of Thebes.''

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Real \Re"al\, a. [LL. realis, fr. L. res, rei, a thing: cf. F.
r['e]el. Cf. {Rebus}.]
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.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

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},
{genuine}, {literal}]
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: (economics) 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}]
[ant: {insubstantial}]
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 : intensifiers; "she was very gifted"; "he played very well";
"a really enjoyable evening"; (`real' is sometimes used
informally for `really' as in "I'm real sorry about
it"; `rattling' is informal as in "a rattling good
yarn") [syn: {very}, {really}, {rattling}]

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