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)
2a : imitation
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 emulation (audio) \ adjective
emulatively adverb

Examples of emulation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web No one profits from a fortune that’s been spent, but a story of long-ago heroism can still provoke admiration and emulation. Adam Kirsch, WSJ, 1 Oct. 2021 Support for the 32-bitx86 applications was available through emulation, but 64-bit x64 applications would not run, presenting little more than an error message. Ewan Spence, Forbes, 22 Sep. 2021 This stands in star contrast to Apple, who have ruthlessly forced developers to stay up to date with the latest version of macOS and iOS by depreciating functions and support, reducing the scope of the Rosetta 2 emulation for macOS’ move to ARM. Ewan Spence, Forbes, 22 Sep. 2021 This is a key distinction in social learning: Imitation is about copying exact physical movement, and emulation is seeing an outcome (for example, a trash-bin opening) and figuring how to get there by oneself. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, 22 July 2021 The company will also be introducing emulation support for 64-bit applications, set to be released in the next Windows Insider release for developers to work with. Corey Gaskin, Ars Technica, 1 Oct. 2020 Latin also was a link to the ancient political colossus that still inspired emulation among aspiring autocrats, and in several of the portraits of Cosimo, including two magnificent busts by Cellini, he is represented as a Roman emperor. Washington Post, 24 June 2021 MacOS Big Sur refreshed the look and feel of the deskbound OS, as well as having to support two different architectures and proved the all important emulation layer of Rosetta 2 that would allow legacy x86 compiled apps to run under ARM. Ewan Spence, Forbes, 8 June 2021 First, Microsoft now allows users to run 64-bit apps via emulation and via the Windows Insider program, allowing the vast ecosystem of Windows apps to finally run unimpressively on top of Snapdragon hardware. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, 24 May 2021

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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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“Emulation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emulation. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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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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