emulate

[v. em-yuh-leyt; adj. em-yuh-lit]
verb (used with object), emulated, emulating.
1.
to try to equal or excel; imitate with effort to equal or surpass: to emulate one's father as a concert violinist.
2.
to rival with some degree of success: Some smaller cities now emulate the major capitals in their cultural offerings.
3.
Computers.
a.
to imitate (a particular computer system) by using a software system, often including a microprogram or another computer that enables it to do the same work, run the same programs, etc., as the first.
b.
to replace (software) with hardware to perform the same task.
adjective
4.
Obsolete, emulous.

Origin:
1580–90; < Latin aemulātus, past participle of aemulārī to rival. See emulous, -ate1

emulative, adjective
emulatively, adverb
emulator, noun
nonemulative, adjective
overemulate, verb (used with object), overemulated, overemulating.
unemulative, adjective

emulate, immolate.


1. follow, copy.
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emulate (ˈɛmjʊˌleɪt)
 
vb
1.  to attempt to equal or surpass, esp by imitation
2.  to rival or compete with
3.  to make one computer behave like (another different type of computer) so that the imitating system can operate on the same data and execute the same programs as the imitated system
 
[C16: from Latin aemulārī, from aemulus competing with; probably related to imitārī to imitate]
 
'emulative
 
adj
 
'emulatively
 
adv
 
'emulator
 
n

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emulate
1580s, from L. aemulat-, pp. stem of aemulari "to rival" (see emulation). Related: Emulated; emulating.

emulator
1580s, from L. aemulator, from aemulari (see emulation). Computer sense attested by 1965.
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emulator definition


Hardware or software that performs emulation.
(1995-05-12)

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Example sentences
There is also a good chance your first computer or game console will exist in the form of an emulator.
For the purposes of the emulator, any congestion-dependant packet dropping mechanism is really sufficient.
Lab researchers help develop power spectrum emulator code for cosmology studies.
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