em·​u·​la·​tion ˌem-yə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce emulation (audio)
: ambition or endeavor to equal or excel others (as in achievement)
: the use of or technique of using an emulator
obsolete : ambitious or envious rivalry
emulative adjective
emulatively adverb

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web But Atari 50 does a couple of crucial things to separate itself from the countless classic game emulation collections that have proliferated over the years. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, 29 Dec. 2022 Our Best Overall pick is Nintendo’s revamped mini version of the console, the Super NES Classic Edition, due to its large variety of games, amazing emulation, easy plug-and-play, and high-quality build. Kevin Cortez, Popular Mechanics, 1 Dec. 2022 All that was required was a tiny elite of warriors to trigger the emulation from below. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 10 May 2010 The tricky part is the very nature of the system itself: The RG351P plays these games via emulation software. Harry Rabinowitz, Popular Mechanics, 21 Oct. 2022 If the new paper is on target, however, that emulation should stop shy of excessive fluid intake. Los Angeles Times, 21 Nov. 2022 Today's streaming handhelds may also have a somewhat underplayed ace in the hole: emulation. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, 29 Sep. 2022 Game creators aren’t compensated for games that are uploaded for free online, so some console makers and publishers consider emulation only a little better than software piracy. Bijan Stephen, The New Yorker, 1 Sep. 2022 Hardware emulation tends to deliver more accurate versions of classic games in aspects like timings and hardware limitations, all while reducing button-tap lag and supporting newer video formats like HDMI. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, 29 July 2022 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1542, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Time Traveler
The first known use of emulation was in 1542

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Cite this Entry

“Emulation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emulation. Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition


em·​u·​la·​tion ˌem-yə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce emulation (audio)
: the ambition or effort to emulate
emulative adjective

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