em·​u·​la·​tor | \ˈem-yə-ˌlā-tər \

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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ReARMed is a popular, modernized branch of the original PCSX emulator, which was actively developed from 2000 to 2003 for Linux, Mac, and Windows. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Sony using open source emulator for PlayStation Classic plug-and-play," 9 Nov. 2018 Most of them involve running libretro and its emulators on top of the Raspbian operating system, and the most prominent also include the EmulationStation frontend. Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica, "Guidemaster: One-upping the NES Classic Edition with the Raspberry Pi 3 and RetroPie," 30 June 2018 Without a physical product to work with, the developers had to rely on Apple Watch emulators and haven't had access to the accelerometer and other hardware features of the watch. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "Are You Ready to Control a Tesla With Your Apple Watch?," 4 Feb. 2015 YouTube's problems are well documented, and Google Play is, well, the best place to download illegitimate mobile emulators, if that's your thing. Julie Muncy, WIRED, "Can Google Really Launch a Viable Videogame Platform?," 7 July 2018 Their nationalist rhetoric has found emulators in neighboring countries. Marc Santora, New York Times, "After a President’s Shocking Death, a Suspicious Twin Reshapes a Nation," 16 June 2018 On the inside, Hultén has a modern computer with a MAME emulator for running classic games (the cabinet offers full two-player support), with USB access for easily adding your own ROMs. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "The OriginX is a beautiful, custom-made arcade cabinet for the one percent," 11 June 2018 Remember, this isn't an emulator, though, so the phone mode is a bit odd. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Google’s Fuchsia OS on the Pixelbook: It works! It actually works!," 18 Jan. 2018 Now, the coders behind the popular RetroArch multi-emulator frontend are working to make their emulation better than perfect, in a way, by removing some of the input latency that was inherent in original retro gaming hardware. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Better than reality: New emulation tech lags less than original consoles," 19 Apr. 2018

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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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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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