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[em-yuh-ley-shuh n] /ˌɛm yəˈleɪ ʃən/
effort or desire to equal or excel others.
Obsolete. jealous rivalry.
Origin of emulation
1545-55; < Latin aemulātiōn- (stem of aemulātiō). See emulate, -ion
Related forms
nonemulation, noun
overemulation, noun
1. imitation, competition. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for emulation
  • 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 described.
  • 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 emulation.
  • Critics of the traditional museum, though, would see this emulation as a challenge to traditional claims.
  • emulation can be expensive and inconsistent with the artist's intent.
  • His memory, for there was no adequate successor, brought in its wake both regret and a desire for emulation.
  • Experiments that started in small circles rippled outward, sometimes in earnest, sometimes in emulation.
  • Many characterized her emulation of empathy as elegiac and submissive.
  • We were to learn through emulation of his qualities of mind, which he would occasionally expose in soliloquies.
British Dictionary definitions for emulation


the act of emulating or imitating
the effort or desire to equal or surpass another or others
(archaic) jealous rivalry
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Word Origin and History for emulation

1550s, from Middle French émulation (13c.) and directly from Latin aemulationem (nominative aemulatio), from past participle stem of aemulari "to rival, strive to excel," from aemulus "striving, rivaling" (also as a noun, "a rival," fem. aemula), from Proto-Italic *aimo-, from PIE *aim-olo, from root *aim- "copy" (see imitation).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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emulation in Technology

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.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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