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 His many emulators have similarly pursued the transformation of Nazi stories into melodrama and, in the process, elided their own relation to that history—and to the role of that historical subject in the present time. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "When Bad Nazis Happen to Good Directors: Terrence Malick’s “A Hidden Life”," 17 Dec. 2019 But there's also something to the idea that emulators can improve on the original hardware, smoothing problems like frame rate slowdown that plagued the underpowered processors of the day. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "“Blast processing” in 2019: How an SNES emulator solved overclocking," 10 Aug. 2019 That mapper is now integrated into the latest version of the FCE Ultra emulator, which makes Russian Geek's cartridge and three other dumped Space School ROMs playable via emulation for the first time. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Collector unearths long-lost 8-bit Konami games, dumps them for emulation," 29 Aug. 2019 The Nintendo Switch can now run Android, giving the hybrid game console access to Netflix, YouTube, Spotify, Twitch, a wide array of Android apps, and loads of classic game emulators, of course. Sean Hollister, The Verge, "You can now run Android on a Nintendo Switch," 30 July 2019 By contrast, Nintendo kept up its pace of regular monthly releases for the (now defunct) Virtual Console emulators on the Wii and Wii U for years before those releases began to slow to a trickle. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Say goodbye to a “regular schedule” of emulated classics on Switch," 6 Sep. 2019 Jane Manchun Wong’s preview of new features coming to Instagram includes an emulator for new Boomerang modes. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Amazon’s Twitter ambassadors are blurring the line between fact and fiction," 16 Aug. 2019 Assuming IHS Markit’s report is correct, the new element would be the inclusion of an Android emulator. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft's rumored dual-display Surface could emulate Android apps, which isn't a bad idea," 24 June 2019 This article has been updated to clarify emulator availability on Steam. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "RetroArch will be Steam’s biggest emulation launch yet, coming July 30," 13 July 2019

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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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3 Jan 2020

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“Emulator.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emulator. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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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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