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

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Recent Examples on the Web To be fair, Microsoft’s emulator is in preview, and Microsoft promises performance will improve over time. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Tested: How badly Windows on Arm compares to the new Mac M1s," 15 Dec. 2020 Installing the emulator requires some tweaking, above and beyond simply belonging to the Windows Insider program. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft publishes its long-awaited 64-bit emulator for Windows on Arm," 11 Dec. 2020 In a blog post documenting the technical details of the project, Whitehouse has shared an emulator for the Sega Genesis with Sega VR support and the source code for Nuclear Rush. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, "How Video Game Historians Resurrected Sega's Lost VR Headset," 20 Nov. 2020 The adversary can remove the bottom cover and attach an in-system flash emulator like the spispy to the flash chip. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Hackers can use just-fixed Intel bugs to install malicious firmware on PCs," 14 Nov. 2020 The problem was the emulator had the wrong thruster configuration programmed in at the time of the test, Mulholland said. Washington Post, "NASA’s new rocket would be the most powerful ever. But it’s the software that has some officials worried.," 31 Oct. 2020 But the switch to ARM, means that developers either have to build their apps specifically for the platform, or companies like Microsoft and Apple need to build tools into the operating system that will allow apps to run in an emulator. Jason Cipriani, CNN Underscored, "Microsoft’s Surface Pro X is a solid 2-in-1, but far from perfect," 28 Oct. 2020 If Microsoft is readying a 64-bit X86 app emulator, all that nonsense could go away. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Report: Microsoft is readying a new Surface Pro X, maybe with 64-bit support," 16 Sep. 2020 Previously, on the Wii U and Wii consoles, users could purchase and download older games from bygone platforms via the Virtual Console, an official software emulator on the Wii Shop. Elise Favis, Washington Post, "Classic Mario games are coming to Switch for a limited time, baffling fans," 3 Sep. 2020

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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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The first known use of emulator was in 1589

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13 Jan 2021

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“Emulator.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emulator. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of emulator

: a person who tries to be like someone else
computers : 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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