em·​u·​la·​tion | \ ˌem-yə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce emulation (audio) , -yü-\

Definition of emulation

1 : ambition or endeavor to equal or excel others (as in achievement)
2a : imitation
b : the use of or technique of using an emulator
3 obsolete : ambitious or envious rivalry

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Other Words from emulation

emulative \ ˈem-​yə-​ˌlā-​tiv How to pronounce emulative (audio) \ adjective
emulatively adverb

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As PC Gamer notes, one potential option is bringing Xbox 360 and original Xbox emulation over to the PC. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Microsoft's Xbox Game Pass subscription is coming to PCs, but in what form?," 25 Oct. 2018 That, and the legality of emulation tricks like this can be a little hazy. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "DIY Hack Turns an Old Kid's Meal Toy Into a Tiny, Functional Game Boy," 7 June 2016 Licensing/rights issues with third-party publishers, problems with emulation quality, or presumed appeal to the target audience could all be to blame. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Dozens of hidden game names found in PlayStation Classic source files," 5 Dec. 2018 Nintendon’t Companies have long turned a blind eye to emulation, but maybe that’s going to change soon. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Forza 7 removes loot boxes, Forsaken remastered, and Nintendo sues ROM sites," 27 July 2018 Hungary’s defiance of EU norms has encouraged emulation, including by Poland’s ruling nationalists. Marcus Walker, WSJ, "EU Countries Face a Menu of Challenges," 20 Jan. 2019 The PlayStation Classic's quality of emulation left something to be desired. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Our favorite (and least favorite) tech of 2018," 26 Dec. 2018 The Raspberry Pi version should run like the Steam Link app on any other device, suddenly making the tiny tinkerer-friendly $35 mini-PC capable of gaming far beyond mere retro emulation. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Valve's Steam Link app for Raspberry Pi lets you build your own PC game-streaming box," 3 Dec. 2018 Sony offered a wide selection of downloadable original PlayStation games for emulation on the PS3 and PlayStation Vita through its Classics line. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Sony using open source emulator for PlayStation Classic plug-and-play," 9 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of emulation

1542, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for emulation

borrowed from Latin aemulātiōn-, aemulātiō, from aemulārī "to vie with, rival, imitate" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of verbal action — more at emulate entry 1

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em·​u·​la·​tion | \ ˌem-yə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce emulation (audio) \

Kids Definition of emulation

: an attempt to be like or do better than others

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having a desire to acquire more things

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