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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Sample deals include amp emulator bx_rockrack V3, which is slashed from $199 to $39, and 3D audio plug-in dearVR music priced at $99, down from $199. Dani Deahl, The Verge, "The best Black Friday deals for DJs and electronic musicians," 21 Nov. 2018 But the extant references in the emulator's source code heavily suggest that all of these titles were tested on the PlayStation Classic hardware at some point in its development. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Dozens of hidden game names found in PlayStation Classic source files," 5 Dec. 2018 This is what that looks like: What hacker Michael Fogleman has done here is go behind the scenes of the NES version of Pac-Man using an emulator to look at the math that's hiding back there. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Believe It or Not, This Is Pac-Man," 25 Jan. 2019 Take as an example the Xbox emulators hosted on GitHub. Louise Matsakis, WIRED, "How Will Microsoft Handle GitHub's Controversial Code?," 5 June 2018 Hackers have previously found a fully functional PSP emulator hidden inside recent HD re-releases of Parappa the Rapper and Loco Roco 2 on the PS4. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Sony using open source emulator for PlayStation Classic plug-and-play," 9 Nov. 2018 First, the layout of the playing field and geometry of the shots are drafted on computer using an in-house emulator. Peter Rugg, Popular Mechanics, "Inside America's Last Great Pinball Factory," 27 Mar. 2017 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

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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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