em·​u·​la·​tor | \ ˈem-yə-ˌlā-tər How to pronounce emulator (audio) \

Definition of emulator

1 : one that emulates
2 : hardware or software that permits programs written for one computer to be run on another computer

Examples of emulator in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Byuu, the developer behind the Super Famicom emulator bsnes, gave us some insight into that world a couple of years ago. Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica, 9 Dec. 2021 But these new MacBook Pros will still use last year’s emulator to run some x86 apps. Lauren Goode, Wired, 18 Oct. 2021 Pursuing the digital emulator model likely means cannibalizing revenue by competing against your own existing products. Alan Mcintyre, Forbes, 11 Oct. 2021 The release of the emulator theoretically eliminates one of the challenges Arm laptops have faced: compatibility. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, 11 Dec. 2020 In the research setup, the Proxmark was connected to a an Android phone that acted as a payment card emulator. Lee Mathews, Forbes, 30 Sep. 2021 This situation results in the only true bastions protecting gaming heritage are the various emulator and game ROM sites littered across the internet, and this is hardly ideal. Ollie Barder, Forbes, 16 Sep. 2021 Back in 2019, a group of data miners discovered four emulator types while digging through code on the Switch. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 1 Sep. 2021 One of the most common ways to pull this off is with an emulator called Bluestacks. Eric Ravenscraft, Wired, 29 June 2021

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First Known Use of emulator

1589, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for emulator

borrowed from Latin aemulātor, from aemulārī "to vie with, rival, imitate" + -tor, agent suffix — more at emulate entry 1

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“Emulator.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emulator. Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of emulator

: a person who tries to be like someone else
: a program or device that permits programs written for one kind of computer to be used on another kind of computer

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