em·​u·​la·​tion | \ ˌem-yə-ˈlā-shən, -yü-\

Definition of emulation

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

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Other Words from emulation

emulative \ ˈem-​yə-​ˌlā-​tiv \ adjective
emulatively adverb

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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 The overall effect was head-turning, a switch of polished buoyancy for cool girl detailing that simply begged for emulation. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Beyoncé Puts a Personalized Twist on I Dream of Jeannie Hair," 7 Aug. 2018 Sony, for comparison, allows PlayStation Now game downloads on the PS4, but only game streaming to PC—no emulation involved. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Microsoft's Xbox Game Pass subscription is coming to PCs, but in what form?," 25 Oct. 2018 There's a catch, of course: Many Windows apps aren’t natively written for the ARM instruction set, forcing them to pay a performance penalty via emulation. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "ARM challenges Intel in PCs with Deimos and Hercules chips," 16 Aug. 2018 Listing image by Andrew Cunningham Loading up games First, the standard caveats with emulation apply. Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica, "Guidemaster: One-upping the NES Classic Edition with the Raspberry Pi 3 and RetroPie," 30 June 2018 His rise to fame not only inspired many runners and skiers but invited study and emulation. Nick Heil, Outside Online, "Are Kilian Jornet's Speed Records Too Good to Be True?," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of emulation

1542, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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 \

Kids Definition of emulation

: an attempt to be like or do better than others

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