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 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 The unit will take micro-USB power, support HDMI output to a big-screen TV, and support basic emulation functions like save states. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Sega’s next retro hardware is a 1/6th-scale multi-game arcade cabinet," 7 July 2020 But especially where the triple-laminated stainless steel blade is concerned, that emulation turned out to be a good thing. Adrienne Donica, Popular Mechanics, "Helle’s Temagami Knife is a Thing of Beauty," 30 June 2020 Join Atlantic staff writer Tom McTague and editor in chief Jeffrey Goldberg for a live conversation about how international perception of the U.S. has shifted from adoration and emulation to pity and disdain. The Atlantic, "The Big Story: The Decline of the American World," 30 July 2020 Kyoto, Japan’s cultural heart, was laid out in emulation of the Tang dynasty capital of Chang’an (modern-day Xi’an). The Economist, "Banyan A supposed detente between Japan and China is already fading," 27 June 2020 Vena, however, advised being prepared for disappointments in Apple’s emulation solution. Rob Pegoraro, USA TODAY, "No Intel inside? What Apple’s change will mean for your Mac," 23 June 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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14 Oct 2020

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“Emulation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emulation. Accessed 26 Oct. 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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