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)
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

Examples of emulation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web All three of the popes embraced the canonization process as a tool to fortify the faithful with the notion that saints are still among us, but also as mission statements for who merits emulation. Jason Horowitz, New York Times, "Sainted Too Soon? Vatican Report Cast John Paul II in Harsh New Light," 14 Nov. 2020 Apple has also created emulation software called Rosetta that translates apps to work on ARM on the fly. Tom Simonite, Wired, "With Its Own Chips, Apple Aims to Define the Future of PCs," 10 Nov. 2020 This 8-bit re-release has some emulation-like tweaks and perks, but this is otherwise not a remake. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Nintendo’s new translation tune? What a Fire Emblem re-release means in 2020," 22 Oct. 2020 Among the biggest: there's no support at all for running 64-bit x86 applications in emulation, only 32-bit. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Windows 10 machines running on ARM will be able to emulate x64 apps soon," 1 Oct. 2020 The monuments on display at Studio Gallery were made by nature, or in emulation of it. Washington Post, "In the galleries: Prizewinning artists share concept of challenging perceptions," 18 Sep. 2020 Currently, emulation is only supported on 32-bit applications. Corey Gaskin, Ars Technica, "Microsoft just introduced the new $549 Surface Laptop Go," 1 Oct. 2020 Microsoft also announced that the Pro X will gain wider app compatibility through emulation tools, in turn adding support for apps that aren’t necessarily built to run on the Pro X’s processor. Jason Cipriani, CNN Underscored, "Microsoft has a new budget-friendly Surface Laptop Go, faster Surface Pro X and new accessories," 1 Oct. 2020 The store was discontinued, however, and so was the emulation service, which has not transferred over to the Nintendo Switch in the same robust fashion. Elise Favis, Washington Post, "Classic Mario games are coming to Switch for a limited time, baffling fans," 3 Sep. 2020

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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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The first known use of emulation was in 1542

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19 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Emulation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emulation. Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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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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