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 Microsoft has also invested resources into developing Windows 10X, which was released as an emulator in February. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Windows 10X may be the new Windows 10 S after the Surface Neo gets delayed," 9 Apr. 2020 How universal is the experience of settling in to play SMB in its original NES format, without emulators on an actual CRT television, and having those levels (and that music!) tattooed directly onto your brain? Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica, "Searching for the ultimate Super Mario Bros. player among the masses," 3 Apr. 2020 As his nation-state’s brand tumbles, Trump is trying to cling to power like all his tinpot emulators. Adam Weinstein, The New Republic, "The Coronavirus Coups Are Upon Us," 3 Apr. 2020 The review called for verification that various hardware emulators used by Boeing accurately mimic the behavior of the real systems. Kenneth Chang, New York Times, "‘Close Call’: NASA-Boeing Investigation of Starliner Flight Finds Lapses," 6 Mar. 2020 The flaw with the thruster software occurred because it was tested with a flawed hardware emulator, instead of the actual thrusters. Kenneth Chang, New York Times, "‘Close Call’: NASA-Boeing Investigation of Starliner Flight Finds Lapses," 6 Mar. 2020 The problem was the emulator had the wrong thruster configuration programmed in. Christian Davenport, Washington Post, "Boeing admits it failed to test the Starliner spacecraft adequately before its maiden flight," 28 Feb. 2020 Neowin also played with the dual-screen Android emulator, compiling this video of the experience. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Here's what Android running on the dual-screen Surface Duo might look like," 23 Jan. 2020 Engineers relied on emulators that act as electronic stand ins in some cases that did not accurately reflect the behavior of flight hardware. William Harwood, CBS News, "Boeing vows to fix Starliner after "close call"," 6 Mar. 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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“Emulator.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emulator. Accessed 31 May. 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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