emulation

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From Middle French émulation, from Latin aemulātiōnem, accusative singular form of aemulātiō.

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emulation (plural emulations)

  1. The endeavor or desire to equal or excel someone else in qualities or actions.
    ... is a great figure who is worthy of respect and emulation.
  2. (obsolete) Jealous rivalry; envy; envious contention.
    • 1621, Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy, New York Review Books 2001, p.263:
      Scarce two gentlemen dwell together in the country […], but there is emulation betwixt them and their servants, some quarrel or some grudge betwixt their wives or children […].
  3. (computing) Running a program or other software designed for a different system.

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