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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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 Employing emulation to view historic Animated GIFs in something close to a period specific CPU, operating system, and web browser is highly recommended for assessing this variability when preparing for exhibition. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "The Absurdly Complicated Art of GIF Preservation," 24 May 2018 But in the course of showing off what was innovative about the latest iteration, the two developers on stage wound up paying fealty to emulation. Carter Melrose, WIRED, "Why Battle Royale Games Like Fortnite Are Everywhere (It’s Not Just Money)," 14 June 2018 Instead, the Kardashians market themselves to the not-at-all rich, the aspirationals who see in Kim and her sisters a trio of go-getters and will spend money in tribute to and emulation of them. Alexander Nazaryan, Newsweek, "The Kardashians Killed the Hamptons," 3 July 2014 Running Windows on top of the Qualcomm Snapdragon chips enables amazing battery life but includes all sorts of complications, including clunky emulation and some app restrictions. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft, Qualcomm ship an SDK to solve the Snapdragon's 64-bit app problem," 8 May 2018 The games available through Handheld History are emulations of the originals created by developers with the Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator (MAME), a project whose mission is to prevent the loss of vintage software. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "The Hottest Place to Play Retro Handheld Computer Games? Try the Internet Archive," 12 Apr. 2018 As Claire Voon reports for Hyperallergic, the Internet Archive has uploaded emulations of more than 70 handheld games that can now be played on a modern computer. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "The Hottest Place to Play Retro Handheld Computer Games? Try the Internet Archive," 12 Apr. 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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to reject or criticize sharply

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