effort or desire to equal or excel others.
Obsolete. jealous rivalry.

1545–55; < Latin aemulātiōn- (stem of aemulātiō). See emulate, -ion

nonemulation, noun
overemulation, noun

1. imitation, competition.
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emulation (ˌɛmjʊˈleɪʃən)
1.  the act of emulating or imitating
2.  the effort or desire to equal or surpass another or others
3.  archaic jealous rivalry

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Word Origin & History

1550s, from L. æmulationem, from æmulari "to rival, strive to excel," from æmulus "striving, rivaling," from PIE *aim-olo, from base *aim- "copy." Related to L. imitari "imitate," and to L. imago "image."
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emulation definition

When one system performs in exactly the same way as another, though perhaps not at the same speed. A typical example would be emulation of one computer by (a program running on) another. You might use an emulation as a replacement for a system whereas you would use a simulation if you just wanted to analyse it and make predictions about it.

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Example sentences
The success of the company that finds the best solution leads to emulation.
No, the big thing here is the practical feasibility and the emulation effect
Still, for them to possess lots of truth, people would have to be pretty
  undiscerning in their emulation.
In the computing world, the ability to imitate another architecture is known as
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